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The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA) is soliciting proposals to provide actuarial support for the Office of Workforce Security in the areas of trust fund forecasting and profiling technical assistance to States, budget and legislative analysis, and producing statistical reports.

You are invited to submit a proposal/bid in accordance with the requirements of the following Solicitation:

[ X ] Request for Proposal, [ ] Invitation for Bid.

Proposals/Bids must be received by the Government no later than the local time on the Due Date stated in the table below. Potential offerors/bidders are asked to complete and submit a proposal/bid intent form .

See Section L (Section C if SF 1449 is used) for proposal/bid instructions .

ALL AMENDMENTS TO THIS SOLICITATION WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH GOVERNMENT HOMEPAGE AT http://www.doleta.gov/grants/rfp.cfm.

IT IS THE OFFEROR'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THIS SITE PERIODICALLY FOR OFFICIAL UPDATES/AMENDMENTS TO THE SOLICITATION.

Solicitation Number  RFP-DCS-03-20
Issue Date:  5/15/2003
Due Date:  6/23/03
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Program Office:  OWS
Contracting Officer:  Keith A. Bond
Contact Point:
Phone:
Fax:
E-Mail:
 Vera Montague
 202-693-3318
 202-693-3846
 montague.vera@dol.gov
Set Aside:  
PERTINENT TECHNICAL SECTIONS OF SOLICITATION

Offerors are encouraged to read the entire Solicitation by scrolling downward. The Solicitation includes all pertinent technical sections imbedded in the document as well as the terms, conditions and instructions required for submitting a proposal. For your convenience, the pertinent technical sections of the Solicitation have also been linked directly below in (WordProcessing format and Adobe PDF format):

  Sections C, and L, and M
 
 
 
 

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SOLICITATION, OFFER AND AWARD

1. THIS CONTRACT IS A RATED ORDER
    UNDER DPAS (15 CFR 700)
RATING
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2. CONTRACT NUMBER
 
 
 
3. SOLICITATION NUMBER
 
 
 RFP-DCS-03-20
4. TYPE OF SOLICITATION
 
SEALED BID (IFB)
 X
NEGOTIATED (RFP)
5. DATE ISSUED
 
 
 5/15/2003
6. REQUISITION/PURCHASE NUMBER
 
 
 
7. ISSUED BY    CODE
 
 U.S. Department of Labor, ETA/OGCM
 Division of Contract Services
 200 Constitution Avenue, NW
 Room C-4310
 Washington  DC  20210
8. ADDRESS OFFER TO (If other than Item 7)
 
 
 
 
    
NOTE:  In sealed bid solicitations "offer" and "offeror" mean "bid" and "bidder".
SOLICITATION
9.  Sealed offers in original and   4 copies for furnishing the supplies or services in the Schedule will be received at the place specified in Item 6, or if hand carried, in the depository located in   Item 7 until   2:00 p.m. (Hour) local time   6/23/03 (Date) . 
CAUTION - LATE Submissions, and Withdrawals:  See Section L, Provision No. 52.214-7 or 52.215-1.  All Offers are subject to all terms and conditions contained in this solicitation. 
10. FOR INFORMATION CALL:
 
A. NAME
 
 Vera Montague

B. TELEPHONE (NO COLLECT CALLS)

C. E-MAIL ADDRESS
 
 montague.vera@dol.gov
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11. TABLE OF CONTENTS   See Attached Table of Contents

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PART I - THE SCHEDULE

PART II - CONTRACT CLAUSES

 A SOLICITATION/CONTRACT FORM   I CONTRACT CLAUSES 
 B SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICES/COSTS  

PART III - LIST OF DOCUMENTS, EXHIBITS AND OTHER ATTACH.

 C DESCRIPTION/SPECS./WORK STATEMENT  J LIST OF ATTACHMENTS 
 D PACKAGING AND MARKING PART IV - REPRESENTATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS
 E INSPECTION AND ACCEPTANCE  K REPRESENTATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS AND OTHER STATEMENTS OF OFFERORS 
 F DELIVERIES OR PERFORMANCE 
 G CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION DATA  L INSTR., CONDS., AND NOTICES TO OFFERORS 
 H SPECIAL CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS  M EVALUATION FACTORS FOR AWARD 
OFFER (Must be fully completed by offeror)
NOTE:  Item 12 does not apply if the solicitation includes the provisions at 52.214-16, Minimum bid Acceptance Period.
12.In compliance with the above, the undersigned agrees, if this offer is accepted within   120 calendar days (60 calendar days unless a different period is inserted by the offeror) from the date for receipt of offers specified above, to furnish any or all items upon which prices are offered at the price set opposite each item, delivered at the designated point(s), within the time specified in the schedule.
13. DISCOUNT FOR PROMPT PAYMENT
(See Section I, Clause no. 52.232-8)
10 CALENDAR DAYS (%)
 
20 CALENDAR DAYS (%)
 
30 CALENDAR DAYS (%)
 
CALENDAR DAYS (%)
 
14.ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF AMENDMENTS
(The offeror acknowledges receipt of amendments to the SOLICITATION for offerors and related documents numbered and dated:
AMENDMENT NO.DATEAMENDMENT NO.DATE
       
       
15A.NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR

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FACILITY 

 
 
 
 
 
    
16. NAME AND TITLE OF PERSON AUTHORIZED TO SIGN OFFER
(Type or print)
 
 

15B. TELEPHONE NUMBER

 
15C. CHECK IF REMITTANCE ADDRESS IS DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE - ENTER SUCH ADDRESS IN SCHEDULE
17. SIGNATURE
 
 
18. OFFER DATE
 
 
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AWARD (To be completed by Government)
19. ACCEPTED AS TO ITEMS NUMBERED
 
 
20. AMOUNT
 
  $.00
21. ACCOUNTING AND APPROPRIATION
 N/A
 
22. AUTHORITY FOR USING OTHER THAN FULL AND OPEN COMPETITION:
 
 
 10 U.S.C. 2304(a) (  )
 
 41 U.S.C. 252(c) (  )
23. SUBMIT INVOICES TO ADDRESS SHOWN IN
      (4 copies unless otherwise specified)
 
ITEM
 
 
24. ADMINISTERED BY (If other than Item 7)CODE
 
 U.S. Department of Labor, ETA
 
 200 Constitution Avenue, NW
 Room C-4310
 Washington  DC  20210
25. PAYMENT WILL BE MADE BYCODE
 
 U.S. Department of Labor, ETA/OC
 Division of Accounting
 200 Constitution Avenue, NW
 Room N-4702
 Washington  DC  20210
26. NAME OF CONTRACTING OFFICER (Type or print)
 Keith A. Bond
 
27. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 

(Signature of Contracting Officer)

28. AWARD DATE
 
 
IMPORTANT - Award will be made on this Form, or on Standard Form 26, or by other authorized written notice.

STANDARD FORM 33   (REV. 9-97)  

 

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PART I - THE SCHEDULE

SECTION B - SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICE/COSTS

SECTION C - DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/STATEMENT OF WORK

C.1 INTRODUCTION

C.2 BACKGROUND

C.3 SCOPE OF WORK

C.4 PROJECT TASKS

C.5 WORK SITE AND GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED FACILITIES

SECTION D - PACKAGING AND MARKING

[FOR THIS SOLICITATION, THERE ARE NO CLAUSES IN THIS SECTION]

SECTION E - INSPECTION AND ACCEPTANCE

E.1 NOTICE LISTING CONTRACT CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

SECTION F - DELIVERIES OR PERFORMANCE

F.1 PERIOD OF PERFORANCE

F.2 LEVEL OF EFFORT

F.3 REPORTS AND DELIVERABLES

F.4 NOTICE LISTING CONTRACT CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

SECTION G - CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION DATA

G.1 IDENTITY AND AUTHORITY OF THE CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REPRESENTATIVE (GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE)

G.2 INVOICE REQUIREMENTS

G.3 METHOD OF PAYMENT

SECTION H - SPECIAL CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS

H.1 BUDGET LINE ITEM FLEXIBILITY

H.2 FRINGE BENEFITS

H.3 VACATIONS, SICK-LEAVE HOLIDAYS

H.4 TRAVEL AND PER DIEM

H.5 USE OF AND PAYMENT TO CONSULTANTS

H.6 UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COST

H.7 ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING SERVICES

H.8 PRINTING

H.9 KEY PERSONNEL

H.10 CONTRACT NUMBER IDENTIFICATION

H.11 SUBMISSION OF CORRESPONDENCE

H.12 OTHER CONTRACTORS

H.13 LAWS APPLICABLE

H.14 DISPOSITION OF MATERIAL

H.15 NONDISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

H.16 FEDERAL REPORTS

H.17 DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

H.18 ELIMINATION OF SEXIST LANGUAGE AND ART WORK

H.19 HAZARDOUS OCCUPATION ORDERS

H.20 INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS (FAR-SUBPART 28.3)

H.21 DATA COLLECTION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

H.22 PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

H.23 RESTRICTION ON USE OF DOL FUNDS FOR LOBBYING

H.24 PUBLICATION OF MATERIALS

H.25 OPTION TO EXTEND THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT - SERVICE (FAR 17.208(G))

H.26 INDIRECT COSTS

PART II - CONTRACT CLAUSES

SECTION I - CONTRACT CLAUSES

I.1 NOTICE LISTING CONTRACT CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

I.2 52.217-9 OPTION TO EXTEND THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT (MAR 2000)

I.3 52.232-25 PROMPT PAYMENT (FEB 2002) ALTERNATE I (FEB 2002)

I.4 52.252-2 CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (FEB 1998)

PART III - LIST OF DOCUMENTS, EXHIBITS AND OTHER ATTACHMENTS

SECTION J - LIST OF ATTACHMENTS

J.1 CONTRACT PRICING PROPOSAL COVER SHEET, SF 1411, (1 PAGE)

J.2 COST AND PRICE ANALYSIS, ETA 8555, (8 PAGES)

J.3 STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL CAPABILITY, ETA 8554, (2 PAGES)

J.4 COST CONTRACTOR'S INVOICE, ETA 3100-1 (1 PAGE)

J.5 COST CONTRACTOR'S DETAILED STATEMENT OF COST, ETA 3-2

J.6 VETS-100 - FEDERAL CONTRACTOR VETERANS EMPLOYMENT REPORT,

J.7 PAST PERFORMANCE EVALUATION QUESTIONNAIRE (2 PAGES)

J.8 PAST PERFORMANCE REFERENCE INFORMATION SHEET (2 PAGES)

PART IV - REPRESENTATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS

SECTION K - REPRESENTATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS AND OTHER STATEMENTS OF OFFERORS

K.1 NOTICE LISTING SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

K.2 52.204-3 TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION (OCT 1998)

K.3 52.209-5 CERTIFICATION REGARDING DEBARMENT, SUSPENSION, PROPOSED DEBARMENT, AND OTHER RESPONSIBILITY MATTERS (DEC 2001)

K.4 52.215-6 PLACE OF PERFORMANCE (OCT 1997)

K.5 52.219-1 SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM REPRESENTATIONS (APR 2002)

K.6 52.222-22 PREVIOUS CONTRACTS AND COMPLIANCE REPORTS (FEB 1999)

K.7 52.222-25 AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COMPLIANCE (APR 1984)

K.8 52.227-15 STATEMENT OF LIMITED RIGHTS DATA AND RESTRICTED COMPUTER SOFTWARE (MAY 1999)

K.9 SIGNATURE BLOCK

SECTION L - INSTRUCTIONS, CONDITIONS, AND NOTICES TO OFFERORS

L.1 NOTICE LISTING SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

L.2 PAST PERFORMANCE

L.3 SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL

L.4 REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION (RFC)

L.5 52.204-6 DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBER (JUN 1999)

L.6 52.216-1 TYPE OF CONTRACT (APR 1984)

L.7 52.227-6 ROYALTY INFORMATION (APR 1984)

L.8 52.233-2 SERVICE OF PROTEST (AUG 1996)

L.9 52.252-1 SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (FEB 1998)

L.10 SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

SECTION M - EVALUATION FACTORS FOR AWARD

M.1 NOTICE LISTING SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

M.2 BASIS FOR AWARD (BEST VALUE)

M.3 EVALUATION CRITERIA AND BASIS FOR AWARD (BEST VALUE)

M.4 DETERMINING BEST OVERALL VALUE

   

PART I - THE SCHEDULE

   

SECTION B - SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICE/COSTS

 

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                         SERVICES ORDERED

Title:    "UI Actuarial Support"

The Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA), is soliciting proposals to select a contractor to provide actuarial support for the Office of Workforce Security for trust fund forecasting and profiling technical assistance to States, budget and legislative analysis, and producing statistical reports.

Solicitation No. is RFP-DCS-03-20.

Period of Performance is twelve (12) months from the date of contract execution by the government, plus four 1-year options to extend at the discretion of the government.

The North American Industry Classification System Code is 541612, with a $6 million size standard.

A cost reimbursement type contract is contemplated for this requirement.

     

Closing time and date are June 20, 2003 at 2:00 p.m., local time.

The incumbent contractor under this solicitation is St. Louis and Associates, of Tempe, Arizona, under Contract Number M-6968-8-00-97-30.  The contract was awarded on August 11, 1998, in the amount of $334,014.  The total amount awarded under this contract was $1,298,217, inclusive of options. 

REQUESTS FOR CLARIFICATION (RFC) MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 5:00

PM LOCAL TIME MAY 29, 2003.

Requests for Clarification and offerors interested in networking and/or being placed on a bidders list for the above referenced RFP, pleased provide the Name and Address of Organization; Telephone; and Point of Contact.  This information is to be submitted electronically to Ms. Vera Montague at montague.vera@dol.gov, by 2:00 p.m., May 22, 2003.  Only electronic submission of requests will be accepted.  Should any RFC be received after the date stated above, the Government reserves the right not to provide an answer.  If, however, the Government determines that the RFC raises an issue of significant importance, the government will respond electronically.

The Government will not provide any information concerning requests for clarifications in response to telephone calls from offerors.  All requests will be answered electronically and will be available to all offerors at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/rfp.cfm and www.fedbizopps.gov.

Please be advised that it is the sole responsibility of the offeror to continually view the website for any amendments to this solicitation.

                                 

 

 

SECTION C - DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/STATEMENT OF WORK

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C.1 INTRODUCTION



The U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOL\ETA) is soliciting proposals to select a contractor to provide actuarial support for Office of Workforce Security in the areas of trust fund forecasting and profiling technical assistance to States, budget and legislative analysis, and producing statistical reports.

C.2 BACKGROUND



The Unemployment Insurance (UI) system, as established by the Social Security Act of 1935, is a unique Federal-state system grounded in Federal law, but executed in its relationship to the employer and to the unemployed worker through state law. Federal law provides the broad parameters for the program and individual state laws establish specific financing and benefit payment structures.

The Office of Workforce Security (OWS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the Federal partner in the system. Its role is one of overall oversight and coordination, including ensuring conformity of state laws to Federal requirements, measurement of state performance, and providing for the administrative expenses of the program.

The Division of Fiscal and Actuarial Services (DFAS) of the OWS has several responsibilities in the UI system. Some of the most important are: providing technical assistance to states on benefit financing and profiling, producing budget and legislative estimates and analyses, monitoring Federal trust fund accounts, providing for administrative financing, and providing statistical and analytical support for OWS initiatives.

C.3 SCOPE OF WORK



The objective of this project is to provide the DFAS needed support in carrying out its responsibilities. The contractor for this project would assist the DFAS in two major areas.

The major area is technical assistance to State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). A large part of the technical assistance is in the area of benefit financing. Since the 1970s, trust fund solvency has been an ongoing concern in the UI system. In theory, UI tax systems are designed to build up reserves in good economic times in order to pay benefits when unemployment is high. In practice, many states do not have adequate reserves and some are forced to borrow from the Federal loan fund even in relatively mild recessions. About three-fourths of the states have borrowed at one time or another, including seven states in the mild recession of the early 1990s. At least that many may borrow in the current recessionary period.

The ongoing solvency concerns of the UI system make it important for the DFAS to be active in this area. A key activity is to make available to the SWAs a trust fund simulation model called the State Benefit Financing Model. This model is maintained and supported in the National Office by the DFAS and is currently used by about one-third of the states. The DFAS also works closely with states that request assistance in designing new tax structures or experience rating systems, either with or without use of the Benefit Financing Model. A third aspect of benefit financing technical assistance to states is the presentation of periodic Benefit Financing Seminars to introduce state actuarial staff to benefit financing concepts and trust fund forecasting techniques.

A second type of technical assistance to states is to assist states in the development and maintenance of profiling models. All states are required to profile their UI claimants in order to identify potential UI exhaustees and provide them reemployment services early in their UI spells. This is most often accomplished through the use of a statistical model, which uses various claimant characteristics to predict the probability of benefit exhaustion. When requested, DFAS works closely with states to develop and/or update these models. Profiling has become an area of renewed emphasis as a result of the President's proposal to provide Personal Reemployment Accounts as an alternative to UI to those claimants most likely to exhaust.

A third type of technical assistance is the provision of training in quantitative methods and profiling methods to state staff. The quantitative methods training gives state staff information, instruction and hands-on experience in basic regression and forecasting techniques that are applicable to UI actuarial work, data analysis, and research. Similarly, the profiling methods training gives state staff information and experience in the specific statistical procedures used in profiling models. In the past, both types of training have been provided via periodic seminars at a designated training site. The relative unavailability of travel funds has limited participation in recent years. DFAS is interested in exploring other methods of training delivery -- in particular, various types of distance learning -- that would make this more accessible and effective with a substantially similar level of resources.

The second major area in which the contractor will assist the DFAS is in its role at the national level. This role includes making estimates and doing analyses for budget and legislative purposes, monitoring Federal trust fund account activity and solvency, providing data analysis in support of Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) goals and in support of OWS initiatives, forecasting state workloads to allocate administrative funds, compiling and analyzing various UI indicators, and disseminating data to the public.

At least twice a year, the DFAS is responsible for updating all estimates and projections of UI benefit outlays, revenues, workloads, and administrative outlays in conjunction with the Federal budget process. The DFAS is also responsible for making estimates of the cost and revenue impact of proposed law changes being considered by the Congress or the Administration. Currently, DFAS is working on the Administration's UI Reform proposal and possible changes to the Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program. To make these estimates and projections, the DFAS employs a number of computer models and spreadsheets, ranging from simple to complex. These models require continual monitoring, maintenance, and enhancements. One model that currently needs major development work is the model to estimate costs for TEUC and other future third-tier extended benefit programs.

Another area of work involves doing data analysis related to various UI indicators including solvency measures, recipiency rates and wage replacement rates that may be used to establish performance measures and goals. DFAS has a major role in developing, calculating and analyzing measures of trust fund adequacy such as the Average High Cost Multiple. DFAS is also responsible for estimating the amount of FUTA collections by state and compiling and analyzing comparisons of collections to amounts returned to states.

All of the administrative costs of the UI system, both state and Federal, are funded by the Federal unemployment tax. The DFAS is responsible for developing the overall administrative budget as well as for allocating the available funds equitably among the states. A key component of the annual allocation process is to forecast several key workload items by state. The DFAS puts a great deal of time and effort into using the best available statistical forecasting techniques for this purpose and to making forecasts on a consistent basis across states.

DFAS is also responsible for providing various estimates and projections to be used in the annual and quarterly Department of Labor Financial Statements. These include projecting disbursements, estimating accrued benefit payments, and simulating the impact of various recession scenarios on balances in the Unemployment Trust Fund.

C.4 PROJECT TASKS



Trust Fund Forecasting Technical Assistance

1. The contractor shall provide support to SWAs in the task of forecasting UI trust fund balances using the State Benefit Financing Model. This task entails developing and maintaining various UI related regression equations used in the simulation models, modeling new state UI laws, collecting and setting up numerous input data files, running simulations under various economic scenarios, and providing technical support to state users. This task also entails providing support to Federal staff in the DFAS, in such areas as updating and improving existing state models, and updating user guides and other documentation, as necessary.

2. The contractor shall support the DFAS in producing two or three one-week Benefit Financing Seminars during the project period, for approximately twenty-five participants from SWAs. Topics will include: UI cost and revenue forecasting, UI tax structures, experience rating, measuring trust fund solvency, and basic statistical methods. The contractor shall provide all training materials, computer equipment, software and supplies. Contract staff shall prepare presentations jointly with Federal staff. The Contracting Officer=s Technical Representative (COTR) will determine seminar dates and specific course content.

Profiling Model Technical Assistance

  3.The contractor shall assist DFAS in providing technical assistance and support to states and Regional Offices in developing, implementing, maintaining and updating statistical models or characteristic screening systems for identifying claimants likely to exhaust benefits and in need of reemployment services.  Technical assistance will be performed either via telephone or on-site, as determined by the COTR.  Technical assistance will include: identifying and analyzing state data sources and elements, determining model specifications and estimating model coefficients, developing system specifications, in coordination with state staff, for integrating the econometric model into existing UI software systems and for interfacing with identified data sources, and assisting Regional Office staff in reviewing and assessing state profiling systems.


Quantitative Methods and Profiling Methods Training

4. The contractor shall analyze alternative training delivery methods and produce a plan for providing training to SWA staff in quantitative methods and profiling methods. Delivery methods considered should include traditional seminars, various forms of distance learning, various forms of web-based training, and other methods identified by the contractor. The plan should include options, cost estimates, and an implementation schedule.

The quantitative methods training is provided for the purpose of improving the general quantitative analysis skills of UI personnel in state offices. The content of this training will consist of modules at three levels: 1) modules in introductory statistics, including descriptive statistics, correlation, hypothesis testing, distribution analysis, and variance and error measurement; 2) modules in regression analysis, including significance testing, model building techniques, regression diagnostics, problems encountered in Ordinary Least Squares, varying functional forms, and lagged variables; and 3) modules in forecasting methodologies, including time series analysis, auto-regressive moving average techniques, forecasting in regression analysis, and measuring forecast error. The training will emphasize hands-on learning using up-to-date statistical software.

The profiling methods training will include topics such as: identification of profiling variables, use of characteristic screens, building logistic regression models, techniques for overcoming statistical problems, and monitoring models. The training will emphasize hands-on learning using up-to-date statistical software.

5. The contractor shall either produce 5-7 one-week Quantitative Methods and Profiling Methods Seminars during the project period, for approximately twenty participants from SWAs, or provide training on the same topics via distance learning methods at roughly the same overall cost. The COTR will make the determination on what training methods to use. If classroom training is chosen, the exact agenda of each seminar may vary according to the needs of state personnel as determined by the COTR. The COTR will be responsible for the announcement and scheduling of each seminar and the selection of all participants. The contractor shall provide all training materials, equipment, software and supplies and arrange for facilities and lodging.

Budget and Legislative Analysis

6. The contractor shall develop, monitor, maintain and improve a model to make projections of costs and workloads for third-tier extended benefits programs such as the current TEUC program. The model must include, at a minimum, the following features: multiple trigger mechanisms with and without lookbacks, varying benefit duration and multiple tiers of duration, reachbacks, different types of interaction with the EB program, benefit phaseouts and cutoffs, and ability to simulate different economic scenarios. Links must be made to other models and systems that either provide input or use the results. The model must be documented and equations must be updated annually.

7. The contractor shall maintain, monitor and improve computer models used to make Federal budget and legislative estimates. In particular, the contractor will have responsibility for the revenue and state loan model, which makes state-by-state projections of tax rates, fund balances, loans, etc. Other models include the NEWMAN regular benefits model, the national workload model, and the extended benefit model. The contractor shall review and assess alternative techniques and methodologies for modeling and projecting key UI program variables. All model changes must be documented.

8. The contractor shall work with Federal staff to make annual three-year-ahead forecasts of state workloads, using the best available statistical methods, for the purpose of developing Resource Justification Model submissions and for allocating the base administrative budget. The contractor shall assist in determining what methods should be used and how they should be applied such that all states are treated equitably in the process.

Reports

9. The contractor shall prepare a quarterly publication, the UI Data Summary, which provides a detailed comparison of the status of states with respect to unemployment rates, benefit payment activities, revenues, and trust fund reserves. The publication shall be made available both in hard copy and on the OWS website. The contractor shall maintain and document routines used to extract data, manipulate data, and produce the report. The contractor shall respond to requests for data related to this report or other UI data from researchers, Congressional staff, etc.

10. The contractor shall publish official five-year UI projections and Federal and state trust fund account status in the UI Outlook. These projections are updated twice a year in conjunction with the Federal budget process. The publication shall be made available both in hard copy and on the OWS website. Routines and spreadsheets must be documented.

11. The contractor shall produce annual estimates of the amounts of FUTA taxes paid by employers in each state and compile data on the amounts returned to the states for administration and benefits. The contractor shall publish these data in a form determined by the COTR.

12. The contractor shall compute annually, or more frequently as required, state fund adequacy measures such as the Average High Cost Multiple and perform analyses of these measures as required. The contractor shall publish these data in a form determined by the COTR.

C.5 WORK SITE AND GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED FACILITIES



Except for training seminars, the work on this project will be located on-site at the Office of Workforce Security of the Employment and Training Administration in Washington, D.C., to facilitate coordination with OWS staff and access to the UI database and to computer networks and equipment. Some travel may be necessary. The Government will furnish each individual assigned to the contract proper identification to facilitate entry and departure from Government buildings as deemed necessary by the COTR. The Government will provide the office space, furniture, supplies, equipment, and other support, as necessary, to complete project tasks within specified timeframes. The contractor may purchase, with Government approval, personal computers and software for use on this project. Ownership will revert to the Government upon termination of the contract. The Government will also provide access to the appropriate computer systems and databases necessary to perform the tasks under this contract.


C.6. Special Requirements


The contractor shall be required to provide the necessary personnel to accomplish each task listed above. The key personnel positions and their required time commitment are listed as follows:

Project Director (10%)

Project Manager (100%)

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SECTION D - PACKAGING AND MARKING

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[FOR THIS SOLICITATION, THERE ARE NO CLAUSES IN THIS SECTION]

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SECTION E - INSPECTION AND ACCEPTANCE

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E.1 NOTICE LISTING CONTRACT CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE



The following contract clauses pertinent to this section are hereby incorporated by reference (by Citation Number, Title, and Date) in accordance with the clause at FAR "52.252-2 CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE" in Section I of this contract. See FAR 52.252-2 for an internet address (if specified) for electronic access to the full text of a clause.

 
   NUMBER          TITLE                                     DATE
                   
 
    52.246-5        INSPECTION OF                             APR 1984
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

SECTION F - DELIVERIES OR PERFORMANCE

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F.1 PERIOD OF PERFORANCE



The period of performance shall be twelve (12) months from the date of contract execution, plus four 1-year options to extend at the discretion of the government.

F.2 LEVEL OF EFFORT



The level of effort for this project between 3 and 3.2 professional personal years. The level of effort for each option period is equal to the base year plus inflation. The inflation rate will be determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

F.3 REPORTS AND DELIVERABLES



DELIVERABLE SCHEDULE

Due dates for the various tasks enumerated in the Statement of Work are as follows:

Trust Fund Forecasting Technical Assistance

  1.Work is ongoing.  Due dates depend in part on state requests and are to be negotiated with Federal staff.   2.The dates for the Benefit Financing Seminar will be set by the COTR, at least four months in advance.  It is expected that seminars will be held in March 2004 and March 2006.


Profiling Model Technical Assistance

  3.Work is ongoing.  Due dates depend in part on state requests and are to be determined by the COTR.


Quantitative Methods and Profiling Methods Training

  4.The training plan will be completed within six months of the effective data of this contract.   5.Seminar dates will be set by the COTR, at least four months in advance.  It is expected that at least one seminar will be held each year.  If some type of distance learning is used, due will be determined by the COTR.


Budget and Legislative Analysis

  6.The model will be completed within twenty-four months of the effective date of this contract.  Thereafter, annual updates will be made by December 1.   7.Work is ongoing.  Due dates are to be determined by the COTR.   8.The workload forecasts are produced once each year and are to be completed by December 31.


Reports

9. The UI Outlook is to be published on the dates of the official release of budget data by the Office of Management and Budget, usually February 3 and July 15.

10. The UI Data Summary is to be published within eight weeks of the end of each quarter, or within three weeks after all data becomes available, whichever is later.

11. The data is to be published by September 1 each year.

12. The data is to be published by March 1 each year.

In addition, the contractor will submit to the COTR, at the time the monthly invoice is submitted, a monthly status report for each month of the contract. This report will include a description of work performed during the most recent month, work to be performed in the upcoming month, and the current status of the various tasks.

The contractor shall be responsible for submission of reports and deliverables as described in Section C.4 of the solicitation.

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F.4 NOTICE LISTING CONTRACT CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE



The following contract clauses pertinent to this section are hereby incorporated by reference (by Citation Number, Title, and Date) in accordance with the clause at FAR "52.252-2 CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE" in Section I of this contract. See FAR 52.252-2 for an internet address (if specified) for electronic access to the full text of a clause.

      NUMBER           TITLE                                      DATE                     

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     52.242-15       STOP-WORK ORDER                           AUG 1989                    ALTERNATE I (APR 1984)

SECTION G - CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION DATA

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G.1 IDENTITY AND AUTHORITY OF THE CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REPRESENTATIVE (GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE)



(A) The authorized representative of the Contracting Officer is (To Be Determined) whose authority to act on behalf of the Contracting Officer is limited to the extent set forth in (B) below. Under no circumstances is the Government Authorized Representative (GAR) authorized to sign any contractual documents or approve any alteration to the contract involving a change in the scope, price, terms or conditions of the contract or order.

(B) The Government Authorized Representative is authorized to:

(1) Monitor and inspect Contractor's performance to ensure compliance of the scope of work.

(2) Make determinations relative to satisfactory or unsatisfactory performance, including acceptance of all work performed and/or all products produced under the terms of the contract.

(3) Review and approve invoices.

(4) Review and approve Contractor's project staff as may be called for on the contract.

(5) Recommend program changes to the Contracting Officer as a result of monitoring or as may be requested by the Contractor.

(6) Review, coordinate changes or corrections, if any, and accept all reports (including any final reports) required under the contract.

G.2 INVOICE REQUIREMENTS



Contractor will prepare and submit proper invoices (as defined in C below) in accordance with the criteria outlined below. (Also, see Clause 52.232-8 "Discount for Prompt Payment", contained in Section I of the contract.):

A. (1) If the contract is a cost-reimbursement type contract, the contractor will submit three (3) ink- signed copies of the invoice, Cost Contractor's Invoice, (ETA 3100-1), together with a detailed report of expenditures, Cost Contractor's Detailed Statement of Costs (ETA 3-2), to the Government Authorized Representative (GAR), U.S. Department of Labor, not more frequently than monthly, unless otherwise so authorized in the contract.

(2) If the contract is a fixed-price type contract, the contractor may submit SF-1034, Public Voucher, or the equivalent thereto; i.e., contractor's own invoice, in lieu of the forms described in A(l) above.

(3) Invoices should be submitted to the individual listed below:

 
                 TBD
                 U.S. Department of Labor, ETA
                 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room TBD
                 Washington, D.C.  20210
 


B. The Detailed Report of Expenditures (ETA 3-2) submitted with the Invoice (ETA 3100-1) must include the same budget line items or cost categories as appears in the contract, including any modifications thereto.

C. To constitute a proper invoice, the invoice, must include the following information and/or attached documentation:

(1) Name and address of the Contractor;

(2) Invoice date;

(3) Contract number or other authorization for supplies delivered or services performed (including order number and contract line item number).

(4) Description, quantity, unit of measure, unit price, and extended price of supplies delivered or services performed.

(5) Shipping and payment terms (e.g., shipment number and date of shipment, prompt payment discount terms. Bill of lading number and weight of shipment will be shown for shipments on Government bills of lading.

(6) Name and address of Contractor official to whom payment is to be sent (must be the same as that in the contract or in a proper notice of assignment).

(7) Name (where practicable), title, telephone number and mailing address of person to be notified in event of a defective invoice.

(8) Any other information or documentation required by other requirements of the contract.

In addition to the above, invoices should be numbered consecutively. All final invoices shall be clearly marked Final Invoice.

G.3 METHOD OF PAYMENT



A. Payments under this contract will be made either by check or electronic funds transfer (through the Treasury Fedline Communications System (FEDLINE) or the Automated Clearing House (ACH)), at the option of the Government. After award, but no later than 14 days before an invoice or contract financing request is submitted, the Contractor shall designate a financial institution for receipt of electronic funds transfer payments. The contractor shall submit this designation to the Contracting Officer or other Government official as directed.

B. For payments through FEDLINE, the Contractor shall provide the following information:

(1) Name, address, and telegraphic abbreviation of the financial institution receiving payment.

(2) The American Bankers Association 9-digit identifying number of the financing institution receiving payment if the institution has access to the Federal Reserve Communications System.

(3) Payee's account number at the financial institution where funds are to be transferred.

(4) If the financial institution does not have access to the Federal Reserve Communications System, provide the name, address, and telegraphic abbreviation of the correspondent financial institution through which the financial institution receiving payment obtains electronic funds transfer messages. Provide the telegraphic abbreviation and American Bankers Association identifying number for the correspondent institution.

C. For payments through ACH, the Contractor shall provide the following information:

(1) Routing transit number of the financial institution receiving payment (same as American Bankers Association identifying number used for FEDLINE).

(2) Number of account to which funds are to be deposited.

(3) Type of depositor account ("C" for checking, "S" for savings).

(4) If the Contractor is a new enrollee to the ACH system, a "Payment Information Form," SF 3881, must be completed before payment can be processed.

D. In the event the Contractor, during the performance of this contract, elects to designate a different financial institution for the receipt of any payment made using electronic funds transfer procedures, notification of such change and the required information specified above must be received by the appropriate Government official 30 days prior to the date such change is to become effective.

E. The documents furnishing the information required in paragraphs B and C above must be dated and contain the signature, title, and telephone number of the Contractor official authorized to provide it, as well as the Contractor's name and contract number.

F. Contractor failure to properly designate a financial institution or to provide appropriate payee bank account information may delay payments of amounts otherwise properly due.


G. The Contractor shall forward the information required above to:

 
 
                  U.S.  Department of Labor, ETA
                  Division of Accounting, Room N-4702
                  200 Constitution Avenue, NW
                  Washington, DC 20210

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SECTION H - SPECIAL CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS

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H.1 BUDGET LINE ITEM FLEXIBILITY



Flexibility of Direct Costs will be allowed within the Prime Contract Budget, provided no single line item of cost shall be increased or decreased in excess of 20 percent and provided further that the total estimated cost of the Contract is not exceeded. This flexibility of cost does not apply to the wages, salaries and fringe benefits line items (including proposed changes by the Contractor in the mixture, number of hours, wages, and/or bonus or personnel paid under the contract) wherein no increase is permitted without the prior review and approval by the Contracting Officer.

In contracts with OPTION TO EXTEND SERVICES provisions, this clause is applicable to each yearly negotiated budget line item amounts, and not the accumulated budget line item totals.

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H.2 FRINGE BENEFITS



Social Security, Worker's Compensation, Unemployment Compensation and any other fringe benefits are a normal practice of the Contractor at the time of final negotiations for this contract and are available to all employees. Fringe benefits from an immediate previous employer which may be continued while employed under this contract are an allowable cost. In no event will duplicate fringe benefits be allowable to an individual under this contract.

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H.3 VACATIONS, SICK-LEAVE HOLIDAYS



The Contractor may grant leave in accordance with its established written policy, provided that policy is accepted by the Contracting Officer or, in the absence of an established policy, leave may be granted as follows:

Vacation: Maximum 2 weeks (10 working days)

Sick Leave: Maximum 2 weeks (10 working days)

Holiday: Maximum of paid holidays

Leave shall be accrued at the rate of 5/6 of 1 day per month for each month employed. If the term of this contract is for more than or less than 1 year, the above leave shall be adjusted accordingly.

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H.4 TRAVEL AND PER DIEM



Travel policies as set forth in the Travel Regulations referred to below are required of the Contractor and consultants hereunder. Where the Contractor has a more restrictive travel policy than the Federal Travel Regulations, the more restrictive requirements shall apply.

It is the responsibility of the Contractor to authorize only such per diem allowances as justified by the circumstances affecting the travel. Care should be exercised to prevent fixing per diem rates in excess of those required to meet the necessary authorized subsistence expenses. To this end, consideration should be given to factors which reduce the expenses of the employee such as: known arrangements at temporary duty locations where lodging and meals may be obtained without cost or at prices advantageous to the traveler; established cost experience in the localities where lodging and meals are required; situations where special rates for accommodations have been made available for a particular meeting or conference; the extent to which the traveler is familiar with establishments providing lodging and meals at a lower cost in certain localities, particularly, where repeated travel is involved; and the use of methods of travel where sleeping accommodations are provided as part of the transportation expenses.

All travel shall be at tourist, coach, or less than first class unless itinerary or unavailability dictate otherwise. All temporary duty and local area automobile travel shall be allowed as prescribed by the applicable Travel Regulations.

Copies of applicable Travel Regulations can be obtained as follows at a fee:

a. Federal Travel Regulations, prescribed by the General Services Administration, for travel in the conterminous 48 United States: Available on a subscription basis from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, Stock No. 022-001-81003-7.

b. Joint Travel Regulations, Volume 2, DoD Civilian Personnel, Appendix A, prescribed by the Department of Defense, for travel in Alaska, Hawaii, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and territories and possessions of the United States: Available on a subscription basis from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, Stock No. 908-010-00000-1.

c. Standardized Regulations, (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), Section 925, "Maximum Travel Per Diem Allowances for Foreign Areas," prescribed by the Department of State, for travel in areas not covered in 1 and 2 above: Available on a subscription basis from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, Stock No. 744-008-00000-0.

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H.5 USE OF AND PAYMENT TO CONSULTANTS



(a) Consultant(s) hired to perform under this contract may be compensated at a rate for time actually worked (e.g., amount per day, per week, per month, etc.), or at a fixed price for performance of a specific task, or at nominal compensation in accordance with Contractor's policies. However, for the use and payment to consultant(s) prior written approval must be obtained from the Contracting Officer.

(b) The amount or rate of payment will be determined on a case-by- case basis, taking into account (among any other relevant factors) the relative importance of the duties to be performed, the stature of the individual in his specialized field, comparable pay for positions under the Classification Act or other Federal pay systems, rates paid by private employers and rates previously paid other experts or consultants for similar work.

(c) The contractor shall maintain a written report for the files on the results on all consultations charged to the contract. This report must include, as a minimum: (1) the consultant's name, dates, hours and amounts charged to the contract; (2) the names of the contractor's staff to whom the services are provided; and (3) the results of the subject matter of the consultation.

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H.6 UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COST



Unemployment insurance costs shall be paid by the contractor as they are incurred.

However, in the event billings for Unemployment Insurance costs are received by the contractor after the expiration date of this contract and the billings cover the period that this contract was effective, the Government agrees to reimburse the contractor at the same rate that would have been applicable had the cost been paid as they were incurred.

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H.7 ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING SERVICES



(a) Accounting

The contractor may procure and utilize such accounting services as are required to establish and maintain an accounting system which reflect accurate, current and complete financial transactions and which meet the standards of the Comptroller General of the United States and the Department of Labor.

(b) Auditing

The contractor shall audit or have audited subcontractor financial records as may be required to determine, at a minimum, the fiscal integrity of financial transactions and compliance with laws, regulations and administrative requirements.

The U.S. Department of Labor shall be responsible for scheduling all audits of the prime contractor's books, documents, papers and records. The Department will use its own audit resources or shall use certified or public accountants under contract or auditors from another Federal agency.

Cost of Accounting Services and Audit of subcontractors as described herein are allowable cost under this contract. Costs for audits for which the U.S. Department of Labor is responsible are unallowable.

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H.8 PRINTING



Unless otherwise specified in this contract, the contractor shall not engage in, nor subcontract for, any printing (as that term is defined in Title 1 of the Government Printing and Binding Regulations in effect on the effective date of this contract) in connection with the performance of work under this contract: provided, however, that performance of a requirement under this contract involving the reproduction of less than 5,000 production units of any one page or less than 25,000 production units in the aggregate of multiple pages, will not be deemed to be printing. A production unit is defined as one sheet, size 8 by 11 inches, one side only, one color.

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H.9 KEY PERSONNEL



The personnel specified below or in attachment to this contract are considered to be essential to the work being performed hereunder. Prior to diverting any of the specified individuals to other programs, the Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer reasonably in advance and shall submit justification (including proposed substitutions) in sufficient detail to permit evaluation of the impact on the program. No diversion shall be made by the Contractor without the written consent of the Contracting Officer; Provided, that the Contracting Officer may ratify in writing such diversion and such ratification shall constitute the consent of the Contracting Officer required by this clause. The below list or attachment to this contract may be amended from time to time during the course of the contract to either add or delete personnel, as appropriate.

For the purpose of this contract, the key personnel positions are identified below as:

 
 
                               - Project Manager
                               - Project Director
                               -
                               -
                               -
                               -    
     

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H.10 CONTRACT NUMBER IDENTIFICATION



The Contractor agrees to utilize the number of this contract on all correspondence, communications, reports, vouchers and such other data concerning this contract or delivered hereunder.

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H.11 SUBMISSION OF CORRESPONDENCE



All correspondence relating to contractual aspects shall be directed to the Division of Contract Services, Attention: Contracting Officer.

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H.12 OTHER CONTRACTORS



The Government may undertake or award other contracts for the same, essentially similar, or related work, and the Contractor shall fully cooperate with such other contractors and Government employees. The Contractor shall not commit or permit any act which will interfere with the performance of work by any other contractor or by Government employees.

The foregoing paragraph shall be included in the contracts of all Contractors with whom this Contractor will be required to cooperate. The Government shall equitably enforce this clause as to all contractors, to prevent the imposition of unreasonable burdens on any contractor.

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H.13 LAWS APPLICABLE



The contractor will perform its duties in accordance with the applicable Act, and the regulations, procedures and standards promulgated thereunder. The Contractor will comply with all applicable Federal and State and Local laws, rules, and regulations which deal with or relate to the employment of persons who perform work or are trained under contract.

This contract in no way relieves the Contractor of responsibility for compliance with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended.

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H.14 DISPOSITION OF MATERIAL



Upon termination or completion of all work under this contract, the Contractor shall prepare for shipment, deliver F0B destination, or dispose of all materials received from the Government and all residual materials produced in connection with the performance of this contract as may be directed by Contracting Officer, or as specified in other provisions of this contract. All materials produced or required to be delivered under this contract become and remain the property of the Government.

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H.15 NONDISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES



(a) No person shall on the ground of race, religion, color, handicap, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, or beliefs be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded or otherwise financially assisted, in whole or in part with funds made available hereunder. (b) In addition, this contract and any subcontract hereunder is subjected to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (78 Stat. 252) and the Regulations issued thereunder and found at 29 CFR 31. The Contractor agrees that any service, financial aid, or other benefit to be provided by it under this contract shall be furnished without discrimination because of race, color, sex, or national origin; and that his employment practices shall be subject to the same restrictions to ensure nondiscriminatory treatment of beneficiaries of assistance under the Act.

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H.16 FEDERAL REPORTS



In the event that it subsequently becomes a contractual requirement to collect or record information calling for answers to identical questions from 10 or more persons other than Federal employees, or for information from Federal employees which is to be used for statistical compilations of general public interest, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 and 5 CRF 1320 shall apply to this contract. No plan, questionnaire, interview guide or similar device for collecting formation (whether repetitive or single-time) may be used without first obtaining clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The contractor shall obtain the required OMB clearance through the Project Officer before expending any funds or making public contracts for the collection of data. The authority to expend funds and to proceed with the collection of data shall be issued in writing by the Contracting Officer.

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H.17 DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION



The Contractor agrees to maintain the confidentiality of any information regarding applicants, project participants or their immediate families which may be obtained through application forms, interviews, test reports from public agencies or counselors, or any other source. Without the permission of the applicant or participant, such information shall be divulged only as necessary for purposes related to the performance or evaluation of the contract and to persons having responsibilities under the contract, including those furnishing services to the projects under subcontracts.

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H.18 ELIMINATION OF SEXIST LANGUAGE AND ART WORK



All written materials issued by the Contractor or grantee shall conform to the following guidelines for eliminating sexist language and art work:

(a) Avoid the use of sex reference in job titles. Titles should conform to the Census Bureau's occupational classification system and the most recently published edition of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles.

-- Longshore workers instead of longshoremen.

(b) Avoid the use of male and female gender word forms.

-- Aviator to include men and women pilots, not aviatrix.

(c) Include both sexes by using terms that refer to people as a whole.

-- Human beings or people instead of mankind.

(d) Avoid the use of masculine and feminine pronouns or adjectives in referring to a hypothetical person or people in general. Change sentences such as: The average American worker spends 2 years of his life in the workforce.

-- By rewording to eliminate unnecessary gender pronouns and adjectives. (The average American worker spends 20 years in the workforce.)

-- By recasting into the plural. (Most Americans spend 20 years of their lives in the workforce.)

-- By replacing the masculine or feminine pronoun or adjective with "one", "you", "he or she", "her or him", or his or her". (An average American spends 20 years of his or her life in the workforce.)

(e) Refer to both men and women in such generic terms as economist, doctor, or lawyer. Identify sex through the use of pronouns.

-- The lawyer made her final summation.

(f) Avoid the use of stereotyped terms or expressions such as "man-sized" job.

-- Employee-years and employee-hours (or staff-hours) instead of man-years and man-hours.

(g) The use of art work in publications should conform to the following guidelines:

(i) Strive to use racially and sexually balanced designs.

(ii) Depict both men and women in art work on general subject matters.

(iii) Show men and women in a variety of roles in photographs, illustrations, and drawings.

-- Show women and men as managers and skilled laborers.

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H.19 HAZARDOUS OCCUPATION ORDERS



The Contractor shall comply with the Hazardous Occupation Orders issued pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act and set forth at 20 CFR 570.50 et seq. with respect to the employment of youths under 18 years of age and the Child Labor Standards of 29 CFR 570.31 et seq. with respect to the employment of youths aged 14 and 15.

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H.20 INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS (FAR-SUBPART 28.3)



In accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation, 48 CFR, Clause 52.228-7 entitled, "Insurance-Liability to Third Persons" the following kinds and amounts of insurance must be procured and maintained in force during the lifetime of the above numbered contract.

A. Worker's Compensation - In the amounts required by State law or the United States Longshoremen's and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 901).

B. Occupational Diseases Insurance - As required by applicable law. In any area where all occupational diseases are not compensable under applicable law, insurance for occupational diseases shall be secured under the employer liability section of your insurance policy, minimum per accident $100,000.

C. Employer Liability - This insurance is to cover any liability imposed upon an employer, by law, for damages on account of personal injuries, including death resulting therefrom, sustained by his employees by reason of accident.

D. General Liability Insurance (Bodily Injury) - This insurance protects the insured against claims arising from bodily injury or death to third parties occurring on it business premises or through its operations except those arising from motor vehicles away from the premises, those covered by any Worker's Compensation law, and other exclusions stated in the policy. The required coverage for bodily injury shall be $200,000 per person and $500,000 per occurrence.

E. Automobile Liability - The required coverage is $200,000 per person and $500,000 per occurrence for bodily injury and $20,000 per occurrence for property damage.

F. The policies evidencing such insurance as required under this contract shall contain the following endorsement:

"No cancellation, termination, or modification of this policy shall take effect prior to the expiration of 35 days after written notice of the cancellation, termination or modification together with suitable identification of the policy and name insured has been sent by registered letter to the Government representative at the address stated below:

Name of Contracting Officer: Keith A. Bond

Address: USDOL/ETA/DASET/OGCM/DAA
200 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Room S-4203
Washington, D.C. 20210

The types and minimum limits reflected above for vehicle insurance shall apply to any vehicle operated or used in connection with performance of official business under this contract. In the event a privately-owned vehicle is used, the Government's share of insurance premiums, including any additional coverage required to conform with the above limits, shall be prorated in accordance with the vehicle's actual use while conducting business under the terms of this contract.

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H.21 DATA COLLECTION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR



The Contractor shall be responsible for informing any grantee that they have been requested to collect information for the Department of Labor. The collection of such data shall be the responsibility of the Contractor solely. The Contractor may request assistance from ETA grantees in locating the data. However, the actual data gathering must be done by the Contractor.

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H.22 PERFORMANCE STANDARDS



The composition, workmanship, printing or reproduction and substantive content of all reports, evaluations, charts, tables, graphs, and other data to be furnished under this contract shall strictly conform to the generally accepted quality standards of the Contractor's profession and shall be suitable for dissemination and use without revision, to DOL, other Government agencies and the general public.

Reports shall include a complete disclosure of all data relevant to the work performed, the techniques developed, the investigations made, and shall be relevant to the materials studies and methods and processes employed.

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H.23 RESTRICTION ON USE OF DOL FUNDS FOR LOBBYING



In accordance with the cost principles incorporated in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) at 31.205-22, lobbying costs (direct or indirect) are unallowable under this agreement. The exclusion of lobbying costs using Department of Labor funds is not intended to penalize, discourage, or prevent lobbying activities by utilizing non-Federal funds.

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H.24 PUBLICATION OF MATERIALS



The Contractor shall receive permission from the Contracting Officer prior to publishing any works performed under this contract. Further, the Contractor shall acknowledge the support of the Department of Labor whenever publicizing any work performed under this contract. To implement the foregoing, the Contractor shall include in any publication resulting from work performed under this contract, an acknowledgement substantially the same as follows:

"This project has been funded, either wholly or in part, with Federal funds from the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under Contract Number N/A the contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement of same by the U.S. Government."

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H.25 OPTION TO EXTEND THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT - SERVICE (FAR 17.208(G))



1. The Government may extend the terms of this contract by written notice to the Contractor at least 60 calendar days before the contract expires. This notice does not commit the Government to an extension.

2. If the Government exercises this option, the extended contract shall be considered to include this option provision.

3. The initial period of this contract may be extended by one year, at estimated costs and indirect costs as follows:

 
 Option
 Year          Estimated Cost    Indirect Cost      Total Estimated Cost
 
   1           $.00               $.00              $.00
   2           $.00               $.00              $.00
   3           $.00               $.00              $.00
   4           $.00               $.00              $.00


The total duration of this contract, including the exercise of any options under this clause, shall not exceed 5 years.

4. Estimated costs, including any indirect costs, for the options years shall be determined at the time of contract execution. Any anticipated deviations from total preestimated option year costs must be presented to the Contracting Officer in writing, with an explanation and justification of the anticipated deviation(s), 10 calendar days after receipt of notice by the contractor of the Government 's intention to exercise the option to extend the term of the contract. No deviations from the total pre-established option years estimated costs shall be permitted without the written consent of the Contracting Officer. Deviations which would increase the total pre-established option year estimated costs by more than 10 percent shall not be permitted under any circumstances.

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H.26 INDIRECT COSTS



In order to avoid major audit problems, disallowed costs, and to receive timely reimbursement of indirect costs, contractors should take those necessary steps to comply with this clause as well as the critical timeframes for submission of indirect cost proposals.

You are governed by one of the categories of cost principles listed below. Please comply with your cost principles as appropriate to your organization. (1) Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subparts 31 and 42 apply to private-for-profit contractors. (2) OMB Circular A-87 applies to state and local governments and Federally-recognized Indian Tribes. States receiving JTPA formula-allocated funds can elect to waive A-87 coverage. (3) OMB Circulars A-21, A-88 and FAR 42.705-3 apply to educational institutions. (4) OMB Circular A-122 applies to nonprofit institutions excluding those addressed in the preceding as well as hospitals.

The total amount of contract funds will not be increased to reimburse organizations for higher indirect cost rates than those rates identified in this clause. Also, the contractor must obtain approval from the Contracting Officer to transfer funds from other budget line items to the indirect cost budget line items to accommodate higher indirect cost rates.

The foregoing does not relieve the contractor of any other administrative cost limitations regarding the contract.

Billing rates are only temporary for the 90 days period from the effective date of your contract. Failure to submit an acceptable indirect cost proposal to your cognizant agency for provisional rates within the aforementioned 90-day period means that you shall not receive any further reimbursement of your indirect billing rates until the provisional rate proposal is received. Also, action may be taken to recoup all indirect costs already paid to you.

A private-for-profit contractor is to submit an acceptable indirect cost proposal for final rates to its cognizant agency within 90 days after the end of its fiscal year. All other contractors must submit their final rate proposals within 6 months after the end of their fiscal year.

Block 1 or 2 is completed below as appropriate for affected new contracts or modifications.



 
                             BLOCK 1
 
Rate category:  (check one)   Your rates and bases are:
Billing                       Overhead
Provisional                   Base:
Final                         (And, if applicable)
See Attached Agreement        General and Admin.
Other (Explain)               Base:
 
Effective from    to  or  if multi-year, please explain here:
 


BLOCK 2

(For special indirect cost ceilings)

Special percent ceiling is % for (usually overhead) and if applicable, % for General and Administrative. Base:

OR

Special dollar ceiling is $ for (usually overhead) and if applicable, $ for General and Administrative. Base:

Effective from to or if multi-year, please explain here:

If applicable for ceilings, please describe here any situation whereby the bases in Block 2 above differ from the bases in Block 1 above. Also, the maximum reimbursement for indirect costs under this contract will be based on the lower of the negotiated rates or ceilings.

If the Department of Labor (DOL) is your cognizant agency, proposals for indirect cost rates and supporting data and documentation should be sent to the Office of Cost Determination (OCD) Negotiator in the appropriate DOL Regional Office or if applicable, to the OCD National Office whose address and phone number is listed below. In addition, if you do not know your cognizant Federal agency, please call the phone number listed below:

 
          Director, Division of Cost Determination (DCD)
          U.S. Department of Labor, OASAM
          200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room S-1513
          Washington, D.C.  20210
          Tel. (202) 693-4106
 
                  (End of Clause)
 
 

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PART II  - CONTRACT CLAUSES

   

SECTION I  -  CONTRACT CLAUSES

 

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I.1 NOTICE LISTING CONTRACT CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE



The following contract clauses pertinent to this section are hereby incorporated by reference (by Citation Number, Title, and Date) in accordance with the clause at FAR "52.252-2 CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE" in Section I of this contract. See FAR 52.252-2 for an internet address (if specified) for electronic access to the full text of a clause.

 
   NUMBER          TITLE                                     DATE
                   
 
    52.202-1        DEFINITIONS                               DEC 2001
 
                                                              
 

    52.203-3        GRATUITIES                                APR 1984
 
                                                              
 

    52.203-5        COVENANT AGAINST CONTINGENT FEES          APR 1984
 
                                                              
 

    52.203-6        RESTRICTIONS ON SUBCONTRACTOR SALES TO    JUL 1995
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.203-7        ANTI-KICKBACK PROCEDURES                  JUL 1995
 
                                                              
 

    52.203-8        CANCELLATION, RESCISSION, AND RECOVERY    JAN 1997
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.203-10       PRICE OR FEE ADJUSTMENT FOR ILLEGAL OR    JAN 1997
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.203-12       LIMITATION ON PAYMENTS TO INFLUENCE       JUN 1997
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.204-4        PRINTED OR COPIED DOUBLE-SIDED            AUG 2000
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.209-6        PROTECTING THE GOVERNMENT'S INTEREST      JUL 1995
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.215-2        AUDIT AND RECORDS--NEGOTIATION            JUN 1999
 
                                                              
 

    52.215-8        ORDER OF PRECEDENCE--UNIFORM CONTRACT     OCT 1997
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.216-7        ALLOWABLE COST AND PAYMENT                DEC 2002
 
                                                              
 

    52.216-8        FIXED-FEE                                 MAR 1997
 
                                                              
 

 
    52.219-6        NOTICE OF TOTAL SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE  JUL 1996
 
                                                              
 

    52.219-8        UTILIZATION OF SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS    OCT 2000
 
                                                              
 

    52.219-14       LIMITATIONS ON SUBCONTRACTING             DEC 1996
 
                                                              
 

    52.222-1        NOTICE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF LABOR         FEB 1997
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.222-3        CONVICT LABOR                             AUG 1996
 
                                                              
 

    52.222-21       PROHIBITION OF SEGREGATED FACILITIES      FEB 1999
 
                                                              
 

    52.222-26       EQUAL OPPORTUNITY                         APR 2002
 
                                                              
 

    52.222-35       EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR SPECIAL DISABLED    DEC 2001
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.222-36       AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR WORKERS WITH       JUN 1998
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.222-37       EMPLOYMENT REPORTS ON SPECIAL DISABLED    DEC 2001
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.222-38       COMPLIANCE WITH VETERANS' EMPLOYMENT      DEC 2001
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.223-6        DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE                       MAY 2001
 
                                                              
 

    52.225-13       RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN FOREIGN           JUL 2000
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.227-1        AUTHORIZATION AND CONSENT                 JUL 1995
 
                                                              
 

    52.227-2        NOTICE AND ASSISTANCE REGARDING PATENT    AUG 1996
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.227-14       RIGHTS IN DATA--GENERAL                   JUN 1987
 
                                                              
 

    52.228-7        INSURANCE--LIABILITY TO THIRD PERSONS     MAR 1996
 
                                                              
 

    52.232-17       INTEREST                                  JUN 1996
 
                                                              
 

    52.232-18       AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS                     APR 1984
 
                                                              
 

    52.232-22       LIMITATION OF FUNDS                       APR 1984
 
                                                              
 

    52.232-23       ASSIGNMENT OF CLAIMS                      JAN 1986
 
                                                              
 

    52.232-33       PAYMENT BY ELECTRONIC FUNDS--CENTRAL      MAY 1999
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.233-1        DISPUTES                                  JUL 2002
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.233-3        PROTEST AFTER AWARD                       AUG 1996
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.242-1        NOTICE OF INTENT TO DISALLOW COSTS        APR 1984
 
                                                              
 

    52.242-3        PENALTIES FOR UNALLOWABLE COSTS           MAY 2001
 
                                                              
 

    52.242-4        CERTIFICATION OF FINAL INDIRECT COSTS     JAN 1997
 
                                                              
 

    52.242-13       BANKRUPTCY                                JUL 1995
 
                                                              
 

    52.243-2        CHANGES--COST REIMBURSEMENT               AUG 1987
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.244-2        SUBCONTRACTS                              AUG 1998
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

    52.244-5        COMPETITION IN SUBCONTRACTING             DEC 1996
 
                                                              
 

    52.244-6        SUBCONTRACTS FOR COMMERCIAL ITEMS         MAY 2002
 
                                                              
 

    52.246-25       LIMITATION OF LIABILITY--SERVICES         FEB 1997
 
                                                              
 

    52.248-1        VALUE ENGINEERING                         FEB 2000
 
                                                              
 

    52.249-6        TERMINATION (COST-REIMBURSEMENT)          SEP 1996
 
                                                              
 

    52.249-14       EXCUSABLE DELAYS                          APR 1984
 
                                                              
 

    52.253-1        COMPUTER GENERATED FORMS                  JAN 1991
 
 

I.2 52.217-9 OPTION TO EXTEND THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT (MAR 2000)



(a) The Government may extend the term of this contract by written notice to the Contractor within 60; provided that the Government gives the Contractor a preliminary written notice of its intent to extend at least 60 days days before the contract expires. The preliminary notice does not commit the Government to an extension.

(b) If the Government exercises this option, the extended contract shall be considered to include this option clause.

(c) The total duration of this contract, including the exercise of any options under this clause, shall not exceed 5.

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I.3 52.232-25 PROMPT PAYMENT (FEB 2002) ALTERNATE I (FEB 2002)



Notwithstanding any other payment clause in this contract, the Government will make invoice payments under the terms and conditions specified in this clause. The Government considers payment as being made on the day a check is dated or the date of an electronic funds transfer (EFT). Definitions of pertinent terms are set forth in sections 2.101, 32.001, and 32.902 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. All days referred to in this clause are calendar days, unless otherwise specified. (However, see paragraph (a)(4) of this clause concerning payments due on Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.)

(a) Invoice payments--

(1) Due date.

(i) Except as indicated in paragraphs (a)(2) and (c) of this clause, the due date for making invoice payments by the designated payment office is the later of the following two events:

(A) The 30th day after the designated billing office receives a proper invoice from the Contractor (except as provided in paragraph (a)(1)(ii) of this clause).

(B) The 30th day after Government acceptance of supplies delivered or services performed. For a final invoice, when the payment amount is subject to contract settlement actions, acceptance is deemed to occur on the effective date of the contract settlement.

(ii) If the designated billing office fails to annotate the invoice with the actual date of receipt at the time of receipt, the invoice payment due date is the 30th day after the date of the Contractor's invoice, provided the designated billing office receives a proper invoice and there is no disagreement over quantity, quality, or Contractor compliance with contract requirements.

(ii) If the contract does not require submission of an invoice for payment (e.g., periodic lease payments), the due date will be as specified in the contract.

(2) Contractor's invoice. The Contractor shall prepare and submit invoices to the designated billing office specified in the contract. A proper invoice must include the items listed in paragraphs (a)(3)(i) through (a)(3)(x) of this clause. If the invoice does not comply with these requirements, the designated billing office will return it within 7 days after receipt (3 days for meat, meat food products, or fish; 5 days for perishable agricultural commodities, dairy products, edible fats or oils, and food products prepared from edible fats or oils), with the reasons why it is not a proper invoice. The Government will take into account untimely notification when computing any interest penalty owed the Contractor.

(i) Name and address of the Contractor.

(ii) Invoice date and invoice number. (The Contractor should date invoices as close as possible to the date of the mailing or transmission.)

(iii) Contract number or other authorization for supplies delivered or services performed (including order number and contract line item number).

(iv) Description, quantity, unit of measure, unit price, and extended price of supplies delivered or services performed.

(v) Shipping and payment terms (e.g., shipment number and date of shipment, discount for prompt payment terms). Bill of lading number and weight of shipment will be shown for shipments on Government bills of lading.

(vi) Name and address of Contractor official to whom payment is to be sent (must be the same as that in the contract or in a proper notice of assignment).

(vii) Name (where practicable), title, phone number, and mailing address of person to notify in the event of a defective invoice.

(viii) Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). The Contractor shall include its TIN on the invoice only if required elsewhere in this contract.

(ix) Electronic funds transfer (EFT) banking information.

(A) The Contractor shall include EFT banking information on the invoice only if required elsewhere in this contract.

(B) If EFT banking information is not required to be on the invoice, in order for the invoice to be a proper invoice, the Contractor shall have submitted correct EFT banking information in accordance with the applicable solicitation provision (e.g., 52.232- 38, Submission of Electronic Funds Transfer Information with Offer), contract clause (e.g., 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer--Central Contractor Registration, or 52.232-34, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer--Other Than Central Contractor Registration), or applicable agency procedures.

(C) EFT banking information is not required if the Government waived the requirement to pay by EFT.

(x) Any other information or documentation required by the contract (e.g., evidence of shipment).

(3) Interest penalty. The designated payment office will pay an interest penalty automatically, without request from the Contractor, if payment is not made by the due date and the conditions listed in paragraphs (a)(4)(i) through (a)(4)(iii) of this clause are met, if applicable. However, when the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the designated payment office may make payment on the following working day without incurring a late payment interest penalty.

(i) The designated billing office received a proper invoice.

(ii) The Government processed a receiving report or other Government documentation authorizing payment, and there was no disagreement over quantity, quality, or Contractor compliance with any contract term or condition.

(iii) In the case of a final invoice for any balance of funds due the Contractor for supplies delivered or services performed, the amount was not subject to further contract settlement actions between the Government and the Contractor.

  (4) Computing penalty amount. The Government will compute the interest penalty in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget prompt payment regulations at 5 CFR part 1315.


(i) For the sole purpose of computing an interest penalty that might be due the Contractor, Government acceptance is deemed to occur constructively on the 7th day (unless otherwise specified in this contract) after the Contractor delivers the supplies or performs the services in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract, unless there is a disagreement over quantity, quality, or Contractor compliance with a contract provision. If actual acceptance occurs within the constructive acceptance period, the Government will base the determination of an interest penalty on the actual date of acceptance. The constructive acceptance requirement does not, however, compel Government officials to accept supplies or services, perform contract administration functions, or make payment prior to fulfilling their responsibilities.

(ii) The prompt payment regulations at 5 CFR 1315.10(c) do not require the Government to pay interest penalties if payment delays are due to disagreement between the Government and the Contractor over the payment amount or other issues involving contract compliance, or on amounts temporarily withheld or retained in accordance with the terms of the contract. The Government and the Contractor shall resolve claims involving disputes and any interest that may be payable in accordance with the clause at FAR 52.233-1, Disputes.

  (5) Discounts for prompt payment. The designated payment office will pay an interest penalty automatically, without request from the Contractor, if the Government takes a discount for prompt payment improperly. The Government will calculate the interest penalty in accordance with the prompt payment regulations at 5 CFR part 1315.   (6) Additional interest penalty.


(i) The designated payment office will pay a penalty amount, calculated in accordance with the prompt payment regulations at 5 CFR part 1315 in addition to the interest penalty amount only if--

(A) The Government owes an interest penalty of $1 or more;

(B) The designated payment office does not pay the interest penalty within 10 days after the date the invoice amount is paid; and

(C) The Contractor makes a written demand to the designated payment office for additional penalty payment, in accordance with paragraph (a)(7)(ii) of this clause, postmarked not later than 40 days after the invoice amount is paid.

(ii)(A) The Contractor shall support written demands for additional penalty payments with the following data. The Government will not request any additional data. The Contractor shall--

(1) Specifically assert that late payment interest is due under a specific invoice, and request payment of all overdue late payment interest penalty and such additional penalty as may be required;

(2) Attach a copy of the invoice on which the unpaid late payment interest is due; and

(3) State that payment of the principal has been received, including the date of receipt.

(B) If there is no postmark or the postmark is illegible--

(1) The designated payment office that receives the demand will annotate it with the date of receipt, provided the demand is received on or before the 40th day after payment was made; or

(2) If the designated payment office fails to make the required annotation, the Government will determine the demand's validity based on the date the Contractor has placed on the demand, provided such date is no later than the 40th day after payment was made.

(iii) The additional penalty does not apply to payments regulated by other Government regulations (e.g., payments under utility contracts subject to tariffs and regulation).

(b) Contract financing payment. If this contract provides for contract financing, the Government will make contract financing payments in accordance with the applicable contract financing clause.

(c) Fast payment procedure due dates. If this contract contains the clause at 52.213-1, Fast Payment Procedure, payments will be made within 15 days after the date of receipt of the invoice.

(d) Overpayments. If the Contractor becomes aware of a duplicate payment or that the Government has otherwise overpaid on an invoice payment, the Contractor shall immediately notify the Contracting Officer and request instructions for disposition of the overpayment.

(e) Invoices for interim payments. For interim payments under this cost-reimbursement contract for services--

(1) Paragraphs (a)(2), (a)(3), (a)(4)(ii), (a)(4)(iii), and (a)(5)(i) do not apply;

(2) For purposes of computing late payment interest penalties that may apply, the due date for payment is the 30th day after the designated billing office receives a proper invoice; and

(3) The contractor shall submit invoices for interim payments in accordance with paragraph (a) of FAR 52.216-7, Allowable Cost and Payment. If the invoice does not comply with contract requirements, it will be returned within 7 days after the date the designated billing office received the invoice.

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I.4 52.252-2 CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (FEB 1998)



This contract incorporates one or more clauses by reference, with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make their full text available. Also, the full text of a clause may be accessed electronically at this/these address(es):

http://www.arnet.gov/far

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PART III - LIST OF DOCUMENTS, EXHIBITS AND OTHER ATTACHMENTS

SECTION J - LIST OF ATTACHMENTS

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J.1 CONTRACT PRICING PROPOSAL COVER SHEET, SF 1411, (1 PAGE)

J.2 COST AND PRICE ANALYSIS, ETA 8555, (8 PAGES)

J.3 STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL CAPABILITY, ETA 8554, (2 PAGES)

J.4 COST CONTRACTOR'S INVOICE, ETA 3100-1 (1 PAGE)

J.5 COST CONTRACTOR'S DETAILED STATEMENT OF COST, ETA 3-2


(1 PAGE)

J.6 VETS-100 - FEDERAL CONTRACTOR VETERANS EMPLOYMENT REPORT,


OMB 1293-0005 (2 PAGES)

J.7 PAST PERFORMANCE EVALUATION QUESTIONNAIRE (2 PAGES)

J.8 PAST PERFORMANCE REFERENCE INFORMATION SHEET (2 PAGES)

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PART IV  -  REPRESENTATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS

   

SECTION K  - REPRESENTATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS AND

 OTHER STATEMENTS OF OFFERORS

 

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K.1 NOTICE LISTING SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE



The following solicitation provisions pertinent to this section are hereby incorporated by reference (by Citation Number, Title, and Date) in accordance with the FAR provision at FAR "52.252-1 SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE" in Section L of this solicitation. See FAR 52.252-1 for an internet address (if specified) for electronic access to the full text of a provision.

 
   NUMBER          TITLE                                     DATE
                   
 
    52.203-11       CERTIFICATION AND DISCLOSURE REGARDING    APR 1991
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 
                                                              
 

K.2 52.204-3 TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION (OCT 1998)



(a) Definitions.

Common parent, as used in this provision, means that corporate entity that owns or controls an affiliated group of corporations that files its Federal income tax returns on a consolidated basis, and of which the offeror is a member.

Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), as used in this provision, means the number required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be used by the offeror in reporting income tax and other returns. The TIN may be either a Social Security Number or an Employer Identification Number.

(b) All offerors must submit the information required in paragraphs (d) through (f) of this provision to comply with debt collection requirements of 31 U.S.C. 7701(c) and 3325(d), reporting requirements of 26 U.S.C. 6041, 6041A, and 6050M, and implementing regulations issued by the IRS. If the resulting contract is subject to the payment reporting requirements described in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 4.904, the failure or refusal by the offeror to furnish the information may result in a 31 percent reduction of payments otherwise due under the contract.

(c) The TIN may be used by the Government to collect and report on any delinquent amounts arising out of the offeror's relationship with the Government (31 U.S.C. 7701(c)(3)). If the resulting contract is subject to the payment reporting requirements described in FAR 4.904, the TIN provided hereunder may be matched with IRS records to verify the accuracy of the offeror's TIN.

(d) Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).

[ ] TIN:. ____________________________

[ ] TIN has been applied for.

[ ] TIN is not required because:

[ ] Offeror is a nonresident alien, foreign corporation, or foreign partnership that does not have income effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States and does not have an office or place of business or a fiscal paying agent in the United States;

[ ] Offeror is an agency or instrumentality of a foreign government;

[ ] Offeror is an agency or instrumentality of the Federal Government.

(e) Type of organization.

[ ] Sole proprietorship;

[ ] Partnership;

[ ] Corporate entity (not tax-exempt);

[ ] Corporate entity (tax-exempt);

[ ] Government entity (Federal, State, or local);

[ ] Foreign government;

[ ] International organization per 26 CFR 1.6049-4;

[ ] Other ___________________________________________

(f) Common parent.

[ ] Offeror is not owned or controlled by a common parent as defined in paragraph (a) of this provision.

[ ] Name and TIN of common parent:

Name ____________________________________________________

TIN ____________________________________________________


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K.3 52.209-5 CERTIFICATION REGARDING DEBARMENT, SUSPENSION, PROPOSED DEBARMENT, AND OTHER RESPONSIBILITY MATTERS (DEC 2001)



(a)(1) The Offeror certifies, to the best of its knowledge and belief, that -

(i) The Offeror and/or any of its Principals -

(A) Are [ ] are not [ ] presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, or declared ineligible for the award of contracts by any Federal agency;

(B) Have [ ] have not [ ], within a three-year period preceding this offer, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against them for: commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public (Federal, state, or local) contract or subcontract; violation of Federal or state antitrust statutes relating to the submission of offers; or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, tax evasion or receiving stolen property; and

(C) Are [ ] are not [ ] presently indicted for, or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a governmental entity with, commission of any of the offenses enumerated in subdivision (a)(1)(i)(B) of this provision.

(ii) The Offeror has [ ] has not [ ], within a 3-year period preceding this offer, had one or more contracts terminated for default by any Federal agency.

(2) "Principals," for the purposes of this certification, means officers; directors; owners; partners; and, persons having primary management or supervisory responsibilities within a business entity (e.g., general manager; plant manager; head of a subsidiary, division, or business segment, and similar positions).

THIS CERTIFICATION CONCERNS A MATTER WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF AN AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE MAKING OF A FALSE, FICTITIOUS, OR FRAUDULENT CERTIFICATION MAY RENDER THE MAKER SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION UNDER SECTION 1001, TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE.

(b) The Offeror shall provide immediate written notice to the Contracting Officer if, at any time prior to contract award, the Offeror learns that its certification was erroneous when submitted or has become erroneous by reason of changed circumstances.

(c) A certification that any of the items in paragraph (a) of this provision exists will not necessarily result in withholding of an award under this solicitation. However, the certification will be considered in connection with a determination of the Offeror's responsibility. Failure of the Offeror to furnish a certification or provide such additional information as requested by the Contracting Officer may render the Offeror nonresponsible.

(d) Nothing contained in the foregoing shall be construed to require establishment of a system of records in order to render, in good faith, the certification required by paragraph (a) of this provision. The knowledge and information of an Offeror is not required to exceed that which is normally possessed by a prudent person in the ordinary course of business dealings.

(e) The certification in paragraph (a) of this provision is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when making award. If it is later determined that the Offeror knowingly rendered an erroneous certification, in addition to other remedies available to the Government, the Contracting Officer may terminate the contract resulting from this solicitation for default.

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K.4 52.215-6 PLACE OF PERFORMANCE (OCT 1997)



(a) The offeror or respondent, in the performance of any contract resulting from this solicitation, [ ] intends, [ ] does not intend [check applicable block] to use one or more plants or facilities located at a different address from the address of the offeror or respondent as indicated in this proposal or response to request for information.

(b) If the offeror or respondent checks "intends" in paragraph (a) of this provision, it shall insert in the following spaces the required information:

 
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K.5 52.219-1 SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM REPRESENTATIONS (APR 2002)



(a)(1) The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this acquisition is-- 541618.

(2) The small business size standard is 6 million [average annual receipts for 3 preceding fiscal yrs].

(3) The small business size standard for a concern which submits an offer in its own name, other than on a construction or service contract, but which proposes to furnish a product which it did not itself manufacture, is 500 employees.

(b) Representations. (1) The offeror represents as part of its offer that it [ ] is, [ ] is not a small business concern.

(2) (Complete only if the offeror represented itself as a small business concern in paragraph (b)(1) of this provision.) The offeror represents, for general statistical purposes, that it [ ] is, [ ] is not, a small disadvantaged business concern as defined in 13 CFR 124.1002.

(3) (Complete only if the offeror represented itself as a small business concern in paragraph (b)(1) of this provision.) The offeror represents as part of its offer that it [ ] is, [ ] is not a women-owned small business concern.

(4) [Complete only if the offeror represented itself as a small business concern in paragraph (b)(1) of this provision.] The offeror represents as part of its offer that it [ ] is, [ ] is not a veteran-owned small business concern.

(5) [Complete only if the offeror represented itself as a veteran-owned small business concern in paragraph (b)(4) of this provision.] The offeror represents as part of its offer that it [ ] is, [ ] is not a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern.

(6) [Complete only if the offeror represented itself as a small business concern in paragraph (b)(1) of this provision.] The offeror represents, as part of its offer, that--

    (i) It [ ] is, [ ] is not a HUBZone small business concern listed, on the date of this representation, on the List of Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concerns maintained by the Small Business Administration, and no material change in ownership and control, principal office, or HUBZone employee percentage has occurred since it was certified by the Small Business Administration in accordance with 13 CFR part 126; and     (ii) It [ ] is, [ ] is not a joint venture that complies with the requirements of 13 CFR part 126, and the representation in paragraph (b)(6)(i) of this provision is accurate for the HUBZone small business concern or concerns that are participating in the joint venture. [The offeror shall enter the name or names of the HUBZone small business concern or concerns that are participating in the joint venture:____________.] Each HUBZone small business concern participating in the joint venture shall submit a separate signed copy of the HUBZone representation.


(c) Definitions. As used in this provision--

Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern--

(1) Means a small business concern-- (i) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; and

(ii) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of a veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran.

(2) Service-disabled veteran means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16).

Small business concern, as used in this provision, means a concern, including its affiliates, that is independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding on Government contracts, and qualified as a small business under the criteria in 13 CFR Part 121 and the size standard in paragraph (a) of this provision.

Veteran-owned small business concern means a small business concern--

(1) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more veterans (as defined at 38 U.S.C. 101(2)) or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more veterans; and

(2) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans.

Women-owned small business concern, as used in this provision, means a small business concern--

(1) That is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women; or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more women; and

(2) Whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.

(d) Notice. (1) If this solicitation is for supplies and has been set aside, in whole or in part, for small business concerns, then the clause in this solicitation providing notice of the set-aside contains restrictions on the source of the end items to be furnished.

(2) Under 15 U.S.C. 645(d), any person who misrepresents a firm's status as a small, HUBZone small, small disadvantaged, or women- owned small business concern in order to obtain a contract to be awarded under the preference programs established pursuant to section 8(a),8(d), 9, or 15 of the Small Business Act or any other provision of Federal law that specifically references section 8(d) for a definition of program eligibility, shall--

(i) Be punished by imposition of fine, imprisonment, or both;

(ii) Be subject to administrative remedies, including suspension and debarment; and

(iii) Be ineligible for participation in programs conducted under the authority of the Act.

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K.6 52.222-22 PREVIOUS CONTRACTS AND COMPLIANCE REPORTS (FEB 1999)



The offeror represents that--

(a) It [ ] has, [ ] has not participated in a previous contract or subcontract subject to the Equal Opportunity clause of this solicitation; the clause originally contained in Section 310 of Executive Order No. 10925, or the clause contained in Section 201 of Executive Order No. 11114;

(b) It [ ] has, [ ] has not filed all required compliance reports; and

(c) Representations indicating submission of required compliance reports, signed by proposed subcontractors, will be obtained before subcontract awards.

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K.7 52.222-25 AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COMPLIANCE (APR 1984)



The offeror represents that--

(a) It [ ] has developed and has on file, [ ] has not developed and does not have on file, at each establishment, affirmative action programs required by the rules and regulations of the Secretary of Labor (41 CFR 60-1 and 60-2), or (b) It [ ] has not previously had contracts subject to the written affirmative action programs requirement of the rules and regulations of the Secretary of Labor.


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K.8 52.227-15 STATEMENT OF LIMITED RIGHTS DATA AND RESTRICTED COMPUTER SOFTWARE (MAY 1999)



(a) This solicitation sets forth the work to be performed if a contract award results, and the Government's known delivery requirements for data (as defined in FAR 27.401). Any resulting contract may also provide the Government the option to order additional data under the Additional Data Requirements clause at 52.227-16 of the FAR, if included in the contract. Any data delivered under the resulting contract will be subject to the Rights in Data--General clause at 52.227-14 that is to be included in this contract. Under the latter clause, a Contractor may withhold from delivery data that qualify as limited rights data or restricted computer software, and deliver form, fit, and function data in lieu thereof. The latter clause also may be used with its Alternates II and/or III to obtain delivery of limited rights data or restricted computer software, marked with limited rights or restricted rights notices, as appropriate. In addition, use of Alternate V with this latter clause provides the Government the right to inspect such data at the Contractor's facility.

(b) As an aid in determining the Government's need to include Alternate II or Alternate III in the clause at 52.227-14, Rights in Data--General, the offeror shall complete paragraph (c) of this provision to either state that none of the data qualify as limited rights data or restricted computer software, or identify, to the extent feasible, which of the data qualifies as limited rights data or restricted computer software. Any identification of limited rights data or restricted computer software in the offeror's response is not determinative of the status of such data should a contract be awarded to the offeror.

(c) The offeror has reviewed the requirements for the delivery of data or software and states [offeror check appropriate block]--

[ ] None of the data proposed for fulfilling such requirements qualifies as limited rights data or restricted computer software.

[ ] Data proposed for fulfilling such requirements qualify as limited rights data or restricted computer software and are identified as follows:

____________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

Note: "Limited rights data" and "Restricted computer software" are defined in the contract clause entitled "Rights in Data--General."


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K.9 SIGNATURE BLOCK



I, the undersigned, do hereby attest that all representations and certifications made in this Section K are true.

Also, I, the undersigned, am aware of the penalties prescribed in 18 U.S. Code 1001 for making false statements in offers; and I am legally authorized to bind the company or organization represented.




 
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     (Name of Company/Organization Represented)
 
     __________________________________________
     (Address, including Zip Code)
 
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     (Telephone Number, including Area Code)

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SECTION L - INSTRUCTIONS, CONDITIONS, AND NOTICES TO OFFERORS

 

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L.1 NOTICE LISTING SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE



The following solicitation provisions pertinent to this section are hereby incorporated by reference (by Citation Number, Title, and Date) in accordance with the FAR provision at FAR "52.252-1 SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE" in Section L of this solicitation. See FAR 52.252-1 for an internet address (if specified) for electronic access to the full text of a provision.

 
   NUMBER          TITLE                                     DATE
 
52.215-1   INSTRUCTIONS TO OFFERORS-COMPETITIVEMAY 2001 ACQUISTION

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L.2 PAST PERFORMANCE



Offerors shall submit the following information as part of their proposal for both the offeror and proposed major subcontractors:

A. A list of all "relevant" contracts and subcontracts completed during the past three (3) years and all contracts and subcontracts currently in process. The reference should be on project/work similar in nature. Contracts listed may include those entered into by the Federal Government, agencies of state and local governments and commercial customers. Offerors that are newly formed entities without prior contracts should list contracts and subcontracts as required above for all key personnel. Include the following information for each contract and subcontract:

  1. Name of contracting activity 2. contract number 3. Contract type 4. total contract value 5. contract work 6. contracting officer and telephone 7. program manager and telephone 8. administrative contracting officer, if different from #6      and telephone number 9. list of major subcontractors PLEASE NOTE: Offerors are to use Attachment J.8 - Past Performance Reference Information when providing this information.


B. The offeror may provide information on problems encountered on the contract and subcontracts identified in A above and corrective actions taken to resolve those problems. Offerors should not provide general information of their performance on the identified contracts. General performance information will be obtained from the references.

C. The offeror may describe any quality of awards or certifications that indicate the offeror possess a high quality process for developing and producing the product or service required.

Identify what segment of the company (one division or the entire company) that received the award or certification. Describe when the award or certification was bestowed. If the award or certification is over three years old, present evidence that the qualifications still apply.

D. Each offeror will be evaluated on his/her performance under existing and prior contracts for similar products or services. Performance information will be used for both responsibility determinations and as an evaluation factor against which offerors' relative rankings will be compared to assure best value to the Government. The Government will focus on information that demonstrates quality of performance relative to the size and complexity of the procurement under consideration. The contractor's reference questionnaire form identified in Section J.8 will be used to collect this information. References other than those identified by the offeror may be contacted by the Government with the information received used in the evaluation of the offeror's past performance. The Government also reserves the right to decide not to contact all of the references provided by the offeror. Names of individuals providing reference information about an offeror's past performance shall not be disclosed. Offerors are advised to provide the correct point of contact and telephone numbers of past performance references.

L.3 SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL



(A) - General Instructions:

Each offeror must submit an offer (proposal) and other written information in strict accordance with these instructions. When evaluating an offeror, the Government will consider how well the offeror complied with the letter and spirit of these instructions. The Government will consider any failure on the part of an offeror to comply with both the letter and spirit of these instructions to be an indication of the type of conduct it can expect during contract performance. Therefore, the Government encourages offerors to contact the Contracting Officer by telephone, facsimile transmission, e-mail, or mail in order to request an explanation of any part of these instructions.

Your proposal must be submitted in three (3) separate and distinct parts as outlined below, consisting of the number of stated copies and accompanied by the required supportive materials to insure that the proposal will be considered responsible to the Request for Proposals.

Part 1 - Original and two (2) signed copies of completed Standard Form 33, Solicitation, Offer and Award, Original and two (2) signed copies of Section K, the Representations, Certifications and other Statements of Offerors, and all attachments thereto except those items required in Part 2 will be submitted as outlined in their respective parts.

Legible copies are acceptable. (All copies shall be ink-signed.)

Part 2 - Technical Proposal. Offerors shall submit an original and four copies of their technical proposal (technical approach, resumes of all "professional personnel," and relevant past performance information). See Sections L.2 and M.3 (A, B, and C.)

The Technical Proposal shall not make reference to cost or price data so that an independent technical evaluation may be made on the basis of technical merit alone. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a determination of nonresponsiveness. Proposals specifying less than one hundred twenty (120) taken by a proposer to any provisions of this Request for Proposals or any condition placed upon a proposal may result in a finding of not acceptable. Only one proposal may be submitted by each respondent.

Part 3 - A detailed Business Management Proposal as further outlined in the below instructions and consisting of:

(a) Three (3) copies of Attachment J.2 - Cost and Price Analysis, ETA 8555 (Mar. 1981);

(b) One (1) copy of Attachment J.3 - Statement of Financial Capability, ETA 8554 (Mar. 1981);

(c) One (1) each Accounting System Certification which is a statement certifying that the offeror has an established accounting system with internal controls adequate to safeguard their assets, insure that funds are accounted for by cost categories, check the accuracy and reliability of the accounting data, promote operating efficiency and permit compliance with Government requirements and accounting procedures with respect to Cost Reimbursement types of contracts.

The statement shall be executed by a certified public accountant (CPA), licensed public accountant, a bona-fide accounting or audit organization such as Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) or an entity of equivalent status acceptable to the Government. Failure to include the above stated supportive materials with your proposal will be a basis for determination of not being acceptable.

NOTE: Parts 1, 2, and 3 should be sealed in separate envelopes and included in one master package. The RFP number and related Part numbers outlined above, if applicable, must be shown in the upper left hand corner of each of the envelopes as well as the master package.

The Government warns offerors that taking exception to any term or condition of the RFP (including submitting any alternative proposal that requires a relaxation of a requirement), will make an offer unacceptable, and the offeror ineligible for award, unless the RFP expressly authorizes such an exception with regard to that specific term or condition. The Government will consider any exception to a term or condition of the RFP that is not expressly authorized by the RFP to be a deficiency, as defined in FAR Part 15.

An offeror may eliminate a deficiency in its offer only through discussions, as defined and prescribed in FAR Part 15. However, the Government intends to award a contract without discussions, as authorized by FAR Part 15. Therefore, any offeror planning to take exception to a term or condition of the RFP should consult with the Contracting Officer prior to submitting and offer, unless the RFP expressly authorizes such an exception.

Not withstanding its plan to award without discussions, the Government reserves the right to conduct technical and cost discussions with offers in a competitive range, if necessary, and to permit such offerors to revise their proposals. The government also reserves the right to change any terms and conditions of their RFP by amendment at any time prior to contract award and to allow offerors to revise their offers accordingly, as authorized by FAR Part 15.

The offeror shall complete and submit all certifications included in or attached to this Request for Proposal.

The Cost Analysis (Attachment J.2) and Financial Capability Forms (Attachment J.3) support information shall be augmented as follows:

Offerors are required to submit cost proposals fully supported by cost and pricing data adequate to establish the reasonableness of the proposed costs.

1. Most current published annual balance sheet and profit or loss statement.

2. The offeror shall furnish a total cost breakdown utilizing the enclosed cost and price analysis form.

(a) Include the backup data to support the type of labor and estimated numbers of hours within each category.

(b) Include a breakdown of the amount estimated for travel including destination, duration, purpose and cost (per diem and transportation).

(c) Include backup data to support the estimated amount of material and subcontracting (if applicable) including description of materials to be procured, basis for proposed subcontract, type of subcontract and amounts proposed.

3. List the names and addresses of any subcontractor* the offeror intends to use in the performance of a resulting contract. Include the following information about the subcontract(s).

(a) How subcontractor was selected?

(b) Has the subcontractor submitted a cost proposal?

(c) Will he be able to start performance at the start of the contract period?

(d) What is the total cost of (each) subcontract?

(e) What services (skills) will the subcontract provide?

(f) What experience do they have in this technical area?

*Also provide the above information for consultants you intend to use in the performance of a resulting contract.

Consultants: Persons who are members of a particular profession or posses a special skill and who are not officers or employees of the contractor.

L.4 REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION (RFC)



All Requests For Clarification (RFC) must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. local time, May 22, 2003.

Only electronic submission of requests will be accepted. They shall be submitted to Ms. Vera Montague at montague.vera@dol.gov. Should any RFC be received after the date stated above, the Government reserves the right not to provide an answer. If, however, the Government determines that the RFC raises an issue of significant importance, the government will respond electronically.

The Government will not provide any information concerning requests for clarifications in response to telephone calls from offerors. All requests will be answered electronically and will be available to all offerors at the DOLETA Internet site (http://www.doleta.gov/grants/rfp.cfm).

Please be advised that it is the sole responsibility of the offeror to continually view the website for any amendments to this solicitation.

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L.5 52.204-6 DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBER (JUN 1999)



(a) The offeror shall enter, in the block with its name and address on the cover page of its offer, the annotation "DUNS" followed by the DUNS number that identifies the offeror's name and address exactly as stated in the offer. The DUNS number is a nine-digit number assigned by Dun and Bradstreet Information Services.

(b) If the offeror does not have a DUNS number, it should contact Dun and Bradstreet directly to obtain one. A DUNS number will be provided immediately by telephone at no charge to the offeror. For information on obtaining a DUNS number, the offeror, if located within the United States, should call Dun and Bradstreet at 1-800-333-0505. The offeror should be prepared to provide the following information:

(1) Company name.

(2) Company address.

(3) Company telephone number.

(4) Line of business.

(5) Chief executive officer/key manager.

(6) Date the company was started.

(7) Number of people employed by the company.

(8) Company affiliation.

(c) Offerors located outside the United States may obtain the location and phone number of the local Dun and Bradstreet Information Services office from the Internet home page at http://www.customerservice@dnb.com/. If an offeror is unable to locate a local service center, it may send an e-mail to Dun and Bradstreet at globalinfo@mail.dnb.com.

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L.6 52.216-1 TYPE OF CONTRACT (APR 1984)



The Government contemplates award of a (Cost Plus Fixed Fee) contract resulting from this solicitation.

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L.7 52.227-6 ROYALTY INFORMATION (APR 1984)



(a) Cost or charges for royalties. When the response to this solicitation contains costs or charges for royalties totaling more than $250, the following information shall be included in the response relating to each separate item of royalty or license fee:


(1) Name and address of licensor.

(2) Date of license agreement.

(3) Patent numbers, patent application serial numbers, or other basis on which the royalty is payable.

(4) Brief description, including any part or model numbers of each contract item or component on which the royalty is payable.

(5) Percentage or dollar rate of royalty per unit.

(6) Unit price of contract item.

(7) Number of units.

(8) Total dollar amount of royalties.


(b) Copies of current licenses. In addition, if specifically requested by the Contracting Officer before execution of the contract, the offeror shall furnish a copy of the current license agreement and an identification of applicable claims of specific patents.


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L.8 52.233-2 SERVICE OF PROTEST (AUG 1996)



(a) Protests, as defined in section 33.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, that are filed directly with an agency, and copies of any protests that are filed with the General Accounting Office (GAO), shall be served on the Contracting Officer (addressed as follows) by obtaining written and dated acknowledgment of receipt from:



Keith A. Bond
Contracting Officer

Hand-Carried Address:

U.S. Department of Labor, ETA/OGCM
Division of Contract Services
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room S-4203
Washington DC 20210


Mailing Address:

U.S. Department of Labor, ETA/OGCM
Division of Contract Services
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room S-4203
Washington DC 20210



(b) The copy of any protest shall be received in the office designated above within one day of filing a protest with the GAO.

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L.9 52.252-1 SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (FEB 1998)



This solicitation incorporates one or more solicitation provisions by reference, with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make their full text available. The offeror is cautioned that the listed provisions may include blocks that must be completed by the offeror and submitted with its quotation or offer. In lieu of submitting the full text of those provisions, the offeror may identify the provision by paragraph identifier and provide the appropriate information with its quotation or offer. Also, the full text of a solicitation provision may be accessed electronically at this/these address(es):

http://www.arnet.gov/far



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L.10 SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS



The contractor shall be required to provide the necessary personnel to accomplish each task listed above. The key personnel position and the required time commitment are listed as follows:

Project Director - 10% Time Commitment

This person should have 10% time commitment to this project, should have a Ph.D. in economics, statistics, or a related field and should have at least 10 years professional experience, including economic and statistical analysis, project management, unemployment insurance actuarial work, and provision of training on statistical techniques.

Project Manager - 100% Full Time Commitment

This person should have 100% time commitment to this project, should have at least a Master's degree in economics, statistics, or a related field and should have at least 5 years professional experience, including economic and statistical analysis, project management, and work related to unemployment insurance.


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SECTION M - EVALUATION FACTORS FOR AWARD

 

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M.1 NOTICE LISTING SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE



The following solicitation provisions pertinent to this section are hereby incorporated by reference (by Citation Number, Title, and Date) in accordance with the FAR provision at FAR "52.252-1 SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE" in Section L of this solicitation. See FAR 52.252-1 for an internet address (if specified) for electronic access to the full text of a provision.

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     52.217-3        EVALUATION EXCLUSIVE OF OPTIONS           APR 1984

M.2 BASIS FOR AWARD (BEST VALUE)




The Government intends to evaluate proposals using a two-step methodology. The first step will involve the evaluation of the offeror's TECHNICAL APPROACH, INDIVIDUAL STAFF EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS, and PRICE (evaluation factors A, B, and D listed below). Based on these evaluations, a Competitive Range (FAR Part 15) consisting of the most highly rated proposals will be established.

The second step will involve evaluation of CONTRACTOR'S PAST PERFORMANCE. Evaluation of CONTRACTOR'S PAST PERFORMANCE will be in accordance with Section L.2 of the solicitation and evaluation factor C listed below. Therefore, each offer should contain the best terms from a cost or price and technical standpoint.

A cost realism analysis will be performed for all technically acceptable offerors. Contract award will be based on the combined evaluations of Technical Approach, Individual Staff Experience and Qualifications, Contractor's Past Performance, and Price. The contract resulting from this solicitation will be awarded to the responsible offeror whose offer, conforming to the solicitation, is determined to provide the "best value" to the Government, which may not necessarily be the proposals offering the lowest cost nor receiving the highest technical score. It should be noted that cost is not a numerically weighted factor. Although non-cost factors are significantly more important than cost, cost is an important factor and should be considered when preparing responsive offers (proposals). The importance of cost as an evaluation factor will increase with the degree of equality of the proposals in relation to the remaining evaluation factors.

When the offerors within the competitive range are considered essentially equal in terms of technical, past performance and other no-cost factors (if any), or when cost is so significantly high as to diminish the value of the technical superiority to the Government, cost may become the determining factor for award. In summary, cost/no-cost trade offs will be made, and the extent to which one may be sacrificed for the other if governed only by the tests of rationality and consistency with the established factors.

Prospective contractors are advised that the selection of a contractor for contract award is to be made, after a careful evaluation of the offers (proposals) received, by a panel of specialists chosen by DOL/ETA. Each panelist will evaluate the proposals for technical acceptability using a range of scores assigned to each factor. The factors are presented in the order of emphasis that they will receive (i.e., Factor A has the greatest weight, Factor B the second greatest weight, etc.). The scores will then be averaged to select a contractor for award on the basis of their proposal being the most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered.

M.3 EVALUATION CRITERIA AND BASIS FOR AWARD (BEST VALUE)



A. TECHNICAL APPROACH (40 points)

The offeror should demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the UI system, UI data, modeling of benefit programs, and profiling methods. The offeror should also demonstrate understanding of the training needs of state actuarial staff and an understanding of training techniques. Offeror's discussion of the approach to be used in accomplishing the required tasks should demonstrate an understanding of those tasks and the ability to satisfactorily complete the tasks.

PLEASE BE ADVISED, OFFERORS SHALL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING:

(1) Offeror demonstrated a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the UI system, UI data, modeling of benefit programs, and profiling methods; (2) Offeror demonstrated understanding of the training needs of state actuarial staff and an understanding of training techniques; and (3) Offeror's discussion of the approach to be used in accomplishing the required tasks demonstrated an understanding of those tasks and the ability to satisfactorily complete the tasks.

B. INDIVIDUAL STAFF EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS (35 points)

This section of the proposal shall provide sufficient information for judging the quality and competence of staff proposed to be assigned to the project to assure that they meet the required qualifications. Successful performance of the proposed work depends heavily on the qualifications of the individuals committed to this project, and the adequacy of the time commitment for each individual in relation to the specific tasks that they will perform. The proposal shall include the current employment status of personnel proposed for work under this RFP, i.e., whether these personnel are currently employed by the contractor or are dependent upon planned recruitment or subcontracting. Where subcontractors or outside assistance are proposed, organizational control shall be clearly delineated so as to demonstrate and ensure responsiveness to the needs of the Government.

The Government, in its evaluation of the contractor's proposal, will place considerable emphasis on the contractor's commitment of personnel qualified for the work involved in accomplishing the assigned tasks. Accordingly, the following information shall be furnished:

(1) The proposed Project Director and Project Manager

(2) The proposed project organization, including key personnel;

(3) A proposed plan for deploying personnel and resources including: staffing charts listing names and project roles, staff time/task, loading charts showing the amount of time each staff person will devote to each task and sub-task; and a narrative description of each staff person's role in the project, qualifications, and experience (including outside consultants);

(4) A resume for each person to be assigned to the project. At a minimum, the resume shall include:

(a) The individual's current employment status and previous work experience, including position title, dates in position, duties performed and employing organization. Duties shall be clearly defined in terms of the role performed, e.g., management, task leader, lead investigator, chief analyst, etc.

(b) A statement of work that the individual has completed or which is currently underway.

(c) The individual's educational background.

(d) The position to which the individual would be assigned for the project and the type of work that they would perform in that capacity;


PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT OFFERORS WILL BE EVALUATED UNDER THIS FACTOR BASED ON THE FOLLOWING:

(1) The experience and qualifications of the proposed Project Manager and the amount of time committed to the project. It is DOL's expectation that this position will require a 100% commitment of the proposed individual's time over the period of performance. This person shall be a qualified professional capable of supervising activities involved in support of each task; be qualified to coordinate all project related personnel matters; communicate both orally and in writing with all levels of ETA personnel; be a qualified professional capable of working independently and providing guidance to lower level personnel. The Project Manager should have at least a Master's degree in economics, statistics, or a related field and should have at least 5 years of professional experience, including economic and statistical analysis, project management, and work related to unemployment insurance.

(2) The experience and qualification of the Project Director and the amount of time committed to the project. It is DOL's expectation that this position will require a 10% time commitment of the proposed individual's time over the period of performance. This person should have a PhD in economics, statistics, or a related field and should have at least 10 years professional experience, including economic and statistical analysis, project management, unemployment insurance actuarial work, and provision of training on statistical techniques.

(3) The experience and qualifications of all proposed project staff, other than the Project Director, in relation to their role in the project. Special attention will be paid to the leaders for specific contract tasks, and their prior experience in performing their designated tasks. These individuals shall be identified specifically with respect to responsibility for tasks.

(4) Letters of Intent for each professional personnel position. All professional personnel must devote a full time effort on this project except where percentage of time of professional personnel is designated in the RFP. Letters of Intent must be signed (by employee/contingency hire), and dated. The Offeror shall provide letters of intent from current employees that state they: (1) will remain employed by the Offeror; and (2) will work for at least six months on the resultant contract if awarded to the Offeror. Letters of intent must also be submitted for contingency hires, defined as persons not currently employed but who have executed a binding letter of commitment. Letters should be signed by the offeror and the employee.

(5) A resume for each professional personnel to be assigned to the project. At a minimum, each resume shall include:

(a) The individual's current employment status and previous work experience, including position title, dates in position, duties performed, and employing organization. Duties shall be clearly defined in terms of the role performed, i.e., management, team leader, consultant. Also, indicate whether each individual is currently employed by the contractor, and (if so) for how long.

(b) A statement of the work that the individual has completed or which is currently underway for work that is relevant to the proposed work.

(c) The individual's educational background;

(d) The position to which the individual would be assigned for the project and the type of work that they would perform in that capacity; and

(6) Staffing charts listing names, qualifications, and experience of professional personnel (including outside consultants), staff time/time loading charts showing the amount of time each staff person will devote to each task and sub-task, and an indication of how staff will be allocated to perform all necessary field work during the project.

C. CONTRACTOR'S PAST PERFORMANCE (25 POINTS)

This criterion shall represent up to 25% of the total score of the proposal. Award may be made from the initial offers without discussions. However, if discussions are held offerors will be provided the opportunity to address unfavorable reports of past performance, if the offeror has not had a previous opportunity to review the rating. Past Performance shall include evaluating offerors with no relevant performance history, and shall provide offerors an opportunity to identify past or current contracts (Federal, State, and local government and private) for efforts similar to the Government requirement.

Information on problems encountered on the identified contracts and the offeror's corrective actions. The Government shall consider this information, as well as information obtained from any other sources, when evaluating the offeror's past performance.

The Contracting Officer shall determine the relevance of similar past performance information. Offers shall submit past performance information regarding predecessor companies, professional personnel who have relevant experience or subcontractors that will perform major or critical aspects of the requirement when such information is relevant to the instant acquisition. Offerors without relevant past performance history or for whom information on past performance is not available; the offeror may not be evaluated favorably or unfavorably on past performance. In this instance the offeror would receive a neutral score.

D. PRICE

Cost Realism will be performed as part of the proposal evaluation process. The purpose of this evaluation shall be (a) to verify the offeror's understanding of the requirement; (b) to assess the degree to which the cost/price proposal reflects the approaches and/or risk assessments made in the technical proposal as well as the risk that the offeror will provide the services for the offered Prices/cost; and (c) assess the degree to which the cost reflected in the cost/price proposal accurately represents the work effort included in the technical offer (proposal).

M.4 DETERMINING BEST OVERALL VALUE



In order to determine which offeror represents the best overall value, the Contracting Officer will make a series of paired comparisons among only those offerors that submitted acceptable offers (proposals). If, in any paired comparison, the offeror with the higher expected value also has the lower price, then the Contracting Officer will consider that offeror to represent the better overall value. If the offeror with the higher expected value has the higher price, then the Contracting Officer will decide whether the difference in expected value is worth the difference in price. If the Contracting Officer decides that it is, then they will consider the offeror with the higher expected value and the higher price to represent the better overall value. If not, then the Contracting Officer will consider the offeror(s) with the lower expected value and the lower price to represent the better value. The Contracting Officer will continue to make paired comparisons in this way until they have identified the best overall value.

Pursuant to FAR Subpart 52.215-1 Instructions to Offerors - Competitive Acquisition, the Contracting Officer reserves the right to award without discussion to the source(s) whose offer is the most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered.

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